Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Are you still there?


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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.

Decisions, decisions.

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?

Probably not.

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!

Categories: Husband, Relationships

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44 replies

  1. done, gone like a scone … work well, enjoy your summer 🙂

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  2. I’m happy when you do get inspiration. Mine has been sadly lacking this summer.

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  3. And we’re glad you’re still here. Thanks for the slice-of-life post, Maggie!

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  4. We can obsess over the most trivial matters, can’t we.

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  5. Write when inspired. That’s really the best way to keep a blog. Challenges are fun, but in the end blogging is about doing your thing your way.

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  6. Do you have decent cell service where you are Maggie? Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to the landline phone and thus goodbye to the “chum” as well when Reiner simply forgets to pass on the new number 😉

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  7. Well I enjoy your writing whenever you feel like sending it out into the blogosphere!

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  8. That’s a dilemma – I’m not sure what I would do. I’m having a huge problem with inspiration this summer – too many house projects to get done while the weather is nice.

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  9. I like that you pop in now and then to share your thoughts. Like a visit from a friend that always brings a smile to my face.

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  10. I can only say “Good !”, you may be relieved to hear … 😀

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  11. Glad to hear you are still there 🙂

    It sounds like your writing project is quite interesting and will keep you occupied for a while. Happy summer!

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  12. It’s always so good to hear from you here. I think one of your next books should be a novel featuring a married couple named, oh, let’s see.. maybe Maddie and Ryder. 🙂

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  13. Maggie–don’t go away again. I would so miss your humor. This post was a riot. Me, I’d have deleted the darn thing right away. He don’t dance! 🙂

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  14. I think this post, this ethical dilemma, reflects your consideration of others. I often find myself wondering how best to present situations, and could relate every step of your way.

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  15. LOL! Now I am wondering about the psychology of Chum and why he is so insistent about staying in touch. Making up stories in mah head . . . . hah

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  16. Have a wonderful summer! It’s so short, and I try try to enjoy every moment possible.

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  17. Chum must not mean the same thing where you are as it does here. It’s a form of low-level bait used to lure fish. Of course, it may mean exactly that, and the nickname is totally appropriate. Either way, it seems as though Chum’s bait isn’t enough to lure your husband into a conversation. I’m now feeling a tad sorry for Chum. Poor Chum.


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