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?

3 comments:

Playful Professional said...

That's pretty funny. I actually get that a lot and feel funny calling and pretending to be an adult because I sound very young. I ran yesterday by the way... thanks for keeping me on track!

A, B & C said...

I was at my husband's office once in France, and as I walked down to get a water in the soda machine, an older man approached with his change. He said, "So, who is your Dad?" I told him his name. He shrugged and said, "what department is he in?" I told him my Dad's real job in the United States. He said, "Oh, are you here with your Mom?" I finally caught on and said I was married to so-and-so in such-and-such department. He looked at me like my parents had signed my marriage certificate at 16.

I have never understood why this happened. I stopped getting carded about 10 minutes after I turned 21 and I was 25 at this point!

Crazy Daisy said...

That is so funny! It would be a great way to avoid the telemarketers when they call!