The other morning, Thanksgiving actually, someone called while I was upstairs folding laundry. I looked at my phone to check caller ID, but the display was dark; my phone was not working. Oh well, I thought, as I returned to my laundry. I’ll check my message when I get downstairs.
Turns out it was Jill. Five minutes later, I called her back.
“Happy Thanksgiving,” I said, and then explained that I had been folding laundry and my upstairs phone wasn’t working.
“You don’t run for the phone?” she asked.
My honest answer to her was, “God no. I haven’t run for the phone in years.”
Immediately we both started laughing, because it’s the truth, and because it brought back memories of one of Jill’s favorite stories, when way-back-when I replied--with equal candor-- to a doctor who had inquired if I was tired, “I’ve been tired since high school.” Seriously, though. What do you mean tired? Like more than normal?
In the end Jill said I should change my outgoing message to reflect my honest answer.
Hi, this is Joanne. I’m sorry I can’t take your call right now, but I don’t run for the phone anymore. Haven’t since I turned 40. Leave me a message and I’ll call you back.
I think I’ll stick to the message I have now, but couldn't resist giving Jill’s idea an audience.