Dealing with “The Call”

Some of the funniest threads of conversation I received regarding the post “On the Phone with Spouse” were from readers who don’t have a WordPress account, but who do send responses back to my gmail address.  They have the patience of Job since it can sometimes take me a week to check the mailbox!  So here is a favorite.  I did receive permission, of course, to re-print.  With names changed to protect the, er…well, to protect people.

Anyway…as requested….

A string of emails from my readers that identified themsleves as the “Callee”:

 On Aug 27, 2013, at 9:13  AM,G wrote:

You turn the TV down to just above mute so you can watch sports center during the “call” without her knowing, you slip into the automated “uh-huh. Yep. Okay” mode as she recaps verbatim the phone call she had earlier in the day for an hour with her best friend.

Suddenly, the terror rises in you as you realize the phone has gone silent indicating that a question has been asked and an answer is required. Nothing makes you feel quite as alive as that moment when you sharpen your wit and see if you can present an answer so long, drawn out, and confusing that it satisfies the requirements of the crisis you have found yourself in. You know you have succeeded if there is a moment of silence once you have finished and then, the call goes back to relating the trip to Costco.  Whew.  Dodged another one.

From: B
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 5:59 PM
To: J; C
Cc: G; T; D; J
Subject: Re: The Phone Call…

J… you travel?   Spend anytime away from home?  If so, there is….THE PHONE CALL.  A speed of light chattering of inconsequential Information for a minimum of one hour a day during the work week and 2 one hour calls on days off.  Plus on days off bonus 30 quick chats!   For the love of god man!!

—–Original message—–

From: J<>
G <.net>, T<>, B<>, D<>, J <>
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 17:42:05 MST
Re: The Phone Call…057946719_I_m_confused_answer_7_xlarge.png

I don’t get it.

Sent from my iPad


And of course it is only right to allow spouses to have the final word.  And here is what my “Callers” had to say:


There you have it!

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