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Don't Answer That!

Telephone etiquette is important. I believe in a full “Hello” when someone answers the phone. None of this “Yea” or “Hull-a” I hear from kids when they answer their cell phones. Speak up! Someone has chosen to talk to you! Show some pride.

When I call friends their children sometimes answer the phone. ‘Hello? Hello? Is someone there?’ “yes” (barely audible) ‘Could you get your mom for me?’ “wha’?” It seems as if they’ve never spoken to a human. ‘Could you please get…’ Ah, well. I’m sure you’ve all been there. And that’s why it’s important to me that my girls know how to answer the phone properly. I thought that I had done my job. That is, until recently.

We have certain times and places when we do not answer the phone. Dinner time is one. Homework time is another. And, I thought, it was understood that the one place we would all agree on would be the bathroom. I guess my daughters don’t feel the same way.

*ring*ring* footsteps-footsteps (voice heard outside the door) “My mom’s on the potty now. Let me see if she wants to talk to you”. WAIT! ‘What are you doing Honey?!? Who are you talking to?!? Give me the phone!’ Argh. Laughter greets me on the other end of the line. This is NOT how I like to start my conversations.

*ring*ring* footsteps-footsteps (voice from the other side of the door) “My mom’s naked right now. She doesn’t want to talk to you”. WAIT!!! I grab a towel. ‘Honey, WHY are you sharing that information? Give me the phone please’. Laughter, again, greets me.

It’s time for more lessons on phone etiquette. This time I’ll remember to teach the phrase “My mother is indisposed.” That sounds so much more glamorous than “My mom’s on the potty”, don’t you think?

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