Explaining Ancient History to My Kid

Today we were out shopping in Lancaster, PA.

At one of those stores, Lily Bean spotted this blast from the past:

The following conversation ensued:

Lily: Mom, WHAT is that?

Me: It’s a phone.

Lily: Uh, why is it so big?

Me: Because many years ago, we did not have iPhones.  If we were out shopping and we needed to call someone, we had to find a phone like this, put money into it and then make a call.

*Long Pause*

Lily: Oh.  That’s so sad.

Me: Yeah, I guess it’s a little sad.

Lily: Let’s take a picture of this old thing with your iPhone so we can show Dad.

And so we did.