Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hello, Central? Get me Boca Raton!

Yesterday, when I was trying to find my way through a tricky paragraph I was writing, my cellphone rang and the caller ID showed that it was my dad. But when I answered, no one was there. So I called back. It rang and rang.

Frustrated, I called the land line, and my mother answered.

"Is Dad trying to reach me?" I asked.

"He got a new cellphone and he's trying to figure out how to use it," she said. "He's driving me crazy. Do me a favor and call him again."

So I did and listened. One ring. (He must be trying to figure out which button to press.) Two rings. (Still hasn't found it.) Three rings. (Seriously, Dad?) Four rings.

He picked up at last, and I listened for his voice. But all I heard was my mother in the background. "Now say hello, for god's sake!"

The phone went dead. A few minutes later, my mother called back. "I suppose you're going to blog about this," she said.

I couldn't deny it. I was laughing too hard.


Naoko said...

That seems delightfully appropriate, somehow. :D He forgot to say hello in his new phone?

Jill Thomas said...

Thanks for the chuckle this morning, Ellen! My mom has had a cell phone for at least ten years and still, every time she calls me she literally SCREAMS into the phone. I always say, "Mom, you do realize these aren't two tin cans tied together with string, right?" ;)

Doreen McGettigan said...

I almost choked on my adorable your parents are!
Thanks for the smile to start my day.

Ellen said...


Thanks, friends! Glad I'm not the only one amused by this!!

Allen said...

A striking similarity to the conversations I have with my 3-year-old. ("Now say 'hello'!")

aboutmygirls said...

That is too funny...thanks for the laugh!!!

My mom has had a cell phone for quite a long time now and every time it rings she just looks at it like it's about to do a trick and each time she says "Now, how do I answer this thing" she just got it yesterday!!!! And it never the time she actually answers it, they're gone!