Thursday, April 10, 2008
A phone call for my parents
We’ve gotten a couple more calls from telemarketers. (It’s my own fault. I hadn’t registered our phone number on the do-not-call list until today.) Yesterday evening’s phone call made me laugh, though. I’m in the middle of making dinner, when the phone rings. I answer it, and the voice at the other end says gently and slowly, “Is your mom or dad at home?” I laugh. Do I tell her that my parents live five states away? Or, that my parents gave me permission a long time ago to answer the phone on my own? Or, that I’m old enough to be a parent myself? Instead, I laugh and say, “I’m the lady of the household.” The conversation continues, and she asks me if I want to subscribe to the paper. If I had to re-do the conversation, I would have said, “No, they’re not home. Sorry.” And the best part is, I wouldn’t have been lying! So, in that case… Mom and Dad, do you want to subscribe to the paper?