Daily Archives: December 14, 2011

Is This…………..?

My cell phone rang.   I didn’t recognize the number, so I ignored it.

Then, I began to wonder if it was someone from the nursing home calling to tell me something had happened to my Dad.

He was sick, he had fallen or had been beaten up by another resident.

He’d escaped!

He was barefoot, in 30 degree weather, walking the yellow line in traffic!

You see what happens when *we* ignore phone calls? 

The mind reels.

Ten minutes later, as I was now producing all sorts of apocalyptic scenarios involving not only my Dad but every member of my family, the phone rang again.

It was the same number, but this time I answered.

“Hello”

“Hello.  Is this (garbled)…”

“Hello?”

“Hello.  Is this…………………………………………….Simone?”

Yes, those ellipsis’ (ellipsii?) are to indicate an extremely long pause.

“No, this is not Simone.”

“Really.”  (not a question, a statement)

“Really. You have the wrong number.”

“This isn’t Simone?”

“No. You have the wrong number.”

click

My mind began to work again….

Someone is looking for a long-lost loved one, got this number and called thinking I was “Simone” and her search was over – she’d found her mother/sister/aunt/bestie-from-childhood.

And then, reality……..

Someone’s husband has a helluvalot of ‘splainin to do.