Years ago, my mom and I went to the store and purchased our first cordless landline telephone. These marvels of technology were relatively new at the time, so we were both excited by the prospect of talking on the phone without being tied to one location by a phone cord.
We were sitting at the kitchen table and took our new toy out of the box. I plugged the phone into the wall socket and the lights started to blink on the base. We were looking at each other and decided to make a call, to test out the new phone.
I grabbed the phone (of course I wanted to be the first person to use it) and hit the talk button, but nothing happened. There was no dial tone. I tried several times to make a call, but all to no avail. I was getting frustrated and decided the phone must be defective.
Mom and I pulled the instruction booklet out of the box and that’s when we realized the phone was not plugged into a phone jack. It was only plugged into an electrical socket.
We just looked at each other with a stupefied expression on our faces.
After we got the phone properly plugged into all the necessary outlets, I finally was able to make that first cordless phone call. However, it didn’t feel as glorious as expected. My excitement was now mixed with feelings of ignorance.