The red light on the phone was blinking. I’m in charge of retrieving the messages. I wish he’d learn to navigate the prompts because most of the time, the recording is for him. But heck, he’s out mowing the lawn. It’s the least I could do…
Sure enough, it’s his old school chum, recommending that Reiner tune in to this dancing-something-or-other on CBC – TV? Radio? TV, I suppose, because radio isn’t exactly the best medium for dancing, now is it? Anyway, I missed that part as well as most of his rambling about this and that and the other thing…
Chum did not want a call back, so that was good.
The nice call answer lady instructed me to press 7 to delete or 9 to save.
Should I delete it? That means I’d need to save it first to get the details I missed on the first round. But I was mighty tempted to just ignore the message and pretend it didn’t happen. Would Reiner even care that Chum called?
Usually the conversations he and Chum have end up with Reiner being very frustrated and agitated. He has known this guy since grade school, but more than once has remarked that he doesn’t know why he keeps in touch. “We don’t have anything in common.”
But I couldn’t just delete and pretend it never happened.
Because, that would be deceitful. And, as has happened in the past, Chum will call later in the week and ask, “Did you get my message? What did you think of the dancers?” Reiner will say, “No…” because his memory sucks. Even if I DID pass along the message, he would forget. But I don’t want anyone to think that I haven’t been fulfilling my administrative duties!
Besides, I would hope that if the roles were reversed, Reiner would faithfully report to me any telephone messages from my friends. Nope, can’t delete it.
BUT! I didn’t want to press 9 to save it, because that would mean I’d be the one to go through the whole Call Answer rigmarole again since he hasn’t learned how to use it!
Then the nice lady interrupted my musing: “Are you still there?”
I deleted it.
When Reiner came in, I told him that Chum called. Something about dancing on the CBC.
“Why would I want to know about dancing?” he said.
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Finding time to read and to write blogs has been challenging now that summer is here and I’m deeply immersed in my other writing project.
But one never knows when inspiration will strike, so yes. I’m still here!