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By Sophia Whitfield

Bluetooth is a wonderful invention. It allows drivers to talk into their phone legally while driving around. It is particularly useful for mothers who spend a large proportion of their time in the car driving their children to various sporting activities after school.

Bluetooth saves time and is of course far less dangerous than handling a mobile phone while driving. There is, however, a downside. The poor passenger that happens to be in your car at the time your mobile rings gets to hear the entire conversation, sometimes even several, if they are in your car for a decent amount of time.

This is, unfortunately, the situation an author found himself in on Friday as he was seated in the passenger seat of my car being ferried to various school visists and then , with much relief on his part, to the airport.

At 3.10pm most afternoons my phone starts buzzing with information I need to know as my three school age children depart school for home. Information must be imparted to their mother immediately.

The author I was driving around Sydney was, thankfully, a very amiable author who spent his day talking to primary school aged children and in between gigs seated next to me driving a break neck speed to get to the next destination. We were invariably late.

By the time he escaped my vehicle he knew the intricacies of a sick sonís condition. He knew carers had come and gone. Two daughters had forgotten their key and were therefore sitting on the front lawn waiting for their father to return home and so it went on. What should have been a peaceful interlude between school author workshops, ended up being a frenetic unfolding of a day in the life of my family and one where almost everything went wrong!

It wasnít the three school visits that were traumatic, that was the easy part of the day, it was the fact that this poor author had to sit through a day in my life with the phone ringing insesantly to give me updates on the status of all my children. It makes you wonder what we did without mobile phones. Perhaps our children would be more resilient without them.

Nevertheless they have them and can keep their parents abreast of their every move whether we want to hear it or not. They can also now, thanks to Bluetooth, keep all passengers travelling in our cars updated about the intricacies of our lives.

The day ended up being extraordinarily successful on all counts. The author tour went brilliantly and the family all survived the day.

Whether or not I can convince the author in question to come back to Sydney and be driven around in my car remains to be seen.

 

 

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