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Ode to the Agenda

I love my iphone, even with its broken screen and short battery life. But I must admit that my enthusiasm for the iphone is dampened by my sadness over the loss of my former staple – the agenda.

In case you can’t tell, I love, love, LOVE planning things. I’m also in a lot of organizations – which means lots of meetings and organizational events. For years, my planner was always with me, telling me where I had to be and why I had to be there. I didn’t just love my planner because it kept all my information – I loved the actual book. I’ve had a perwinkle leather binder type, a lilly Pulitzer notebook, a pink Coach leather binder, and my all time favorite a bound momAgenda (no, I don’t have kids, but they are pretty!). It’s been two years since I have carried a physical agenda with me and I miss it so much. I miss the way the soft leather felt in my hands, the cute event stickers in the Lilly agenda, the embossed personalization on the pearlescent momAgenda, the way it felt to turn the pages, and the way I could flip through past dates and be reminded of all the fun I had.
I’m still on the momAgenda mailing list and I oh and ah over each email – I just can’t bear to click the unsubscribe button. I even come close to clicking purchase a few times, thinking of the joyful reunion with that bound, soft, monogrammed goodness. But then I remember what a pain it is to actually get all the information into the agenda – and how I hate the look of scratched out events when plans change. How sometimes I run out of room for the details I want or the feeling of abandonment should I carry a purse too small to hold the agenda. My agenda never beeped before meeting to remind me it was time to go and didn’t have cool games or facebook to keep me occupied when I’m the first to arrive.
So here I am, stuck somewhere between nostalgia and technology dependency.


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