'The Brick' has flashed his final goodbye after years of service
My husband Robin recently changed his mobile phone. In an era when there are people who change their mobiles nearly as often as their socks, this might not seem remarkable. But Robin had his phone for over 11 years.
A Samsung Galaxy S7 has replaced his Samsung Solid, which, some years ago, was dubbed 'The Brick', though this is a pet name to be used only by family members and Robin was not impressed when the phone shop assistant had the temerity to employ it.
This assistant visibly recoiled in horror at the sight of The Brick and was gobsmacked when he realised that it was opened with a screwdriver (or coin!).
It's a little bit sad, really, that The Brick's time has come to an end, especially when its SIM card was removed and the screen flashed up "Goodbye".
It's been around for much of our life together.
The rubber casing had worn off in places, as had some of the colouring on the keypad. The scratches on the surfaces are like wrinkles, testament to a happy, productive, period in our lives.
And, boy, was it sturdy! Robin always carries his phone in his chest pocket. It fell out on many occasions, without adverse impact. Smartphones need a cover for the screen, a case for the back and insurance for accidents.
One autumn night, The Brick fell out when he was trying to finish cutting a field of corn. He couldn't find it in the dark.