In the office this week we were discussing mobile phone contracts and bemoaning the cost of calls. But calls are cheap.
My dad worked for BT, and before that the GPO and before that the Post Office.
I never had that childhood experience of getting in from school and then spending hours on the phone with the friends I'd been with all day.
Phone use in our house was rare because dad knew the cost of calls.
I distinctly remember that when we made a long distance call to my uncle we drove to dad's office in Torquay to make the call.
It's one of those things where I can say I know how lucky I am.