Maggie Robinson

Dec 13
Wrong Number

I hate the phone. For somebody who considers herself a communicator, who talks to the public all day long, who actually worked for New York Telephone for a year, I am surprisingly shy. When I come home, I don’t answer the phone. I’ve turned into my grandmother, who grew up without a phone, and always viewed the instrument with considerable suspicion. Convinced that someone had died or wanted to sell her something, she wouldn’t answer it, and this was in the day before voice-mail. Who knows what opportunities Granny missed?

We just got new phones for the house, as the Caller I.D. conked out on the old ones, like an Etch-a-Sketch that had lost its magnetization. Numbers were unrecognizable and when I missed a call from my son in Florida, I knew it was time to head to Wal*Mart. I do talk to my kids—quite happily and frequently—but for most of the rest of the world, I’m incommunicado. Shoot me an e-mail. Send me a letter. Knock on my door if you have to. Just don’t call me up and expect me to chat. I may get The Call and never know it, LOL. And don’t even ask about my cell phone, which is never charged.

I’m a changed woman from my high school and college days, when I’d talk for three or four hours at a stretch. About everything. About nothing. I still love my friends, but I’m giving them a Christmas card instead of a Christmas call. My kids complain that they always have to call me, and it’s true. As the perfect mom, I don’t intrude on their lives. When they’re bored or want something, they’ve got my number.*g*
I wonder if I’ve turned off the phone because I’m so steeped in the nineteenth century. Love letters played an important part in Mistress by Mistake. Now, a love letter—that I could live with.
Phone-phobic or chatterbox? Do you text? I don’t do that either. I will be calling my oldest daughter Sarah on December 13, her birthday!
If The Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me. ~Song title by Jimmy Buffet

18 comments to “Wrong Number”

  1. Elyssa Papa
     · December 13th, 2008 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Sarah! I hope she has a great birthday.

    Another phone-hater here, too. I definitely don’t answer the phone when it’s a number I don’t know. Absolutely love Caller I.D. for that. I’m an e-mail me type of person all the way. If I lived in the 1800s, I would have been a supreme letter writer. LOL.

  2. Maggie Robinson
     · December 13th, 2008 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Well, you talked to me. But that was a special occasion. 🙂

  3. RevMelinda
     · December 13th, 2008 at 8:42 pm · Link

    Hi Maggie,
    Thanks for stopping by to say hi! I hate the phone, too. All I do at work is talk, talk, talk on the phone so when I get home it’s the last thing I want to see, hear, or deal with. When it rings I groan “Oh NO!” Luckily I have a teen and a tween for whom the phone is still exciting– although, to be honest, texting is really more the thing these days.

  4. Tiffany Chalmers
     · December 13th, 2008 at 8:48 pm · Link

    I’m not much for the phone either. Unless it’s my friend Cyn calling for our Friday night phone date with wine in hand. But I do answer the phone when it rings. My hubby ignores it, and that drives me nuts. lol!
    I have no cell phone so no texting for me. I don’t want a cell phone. I wonder how much longer I can hold out for. lol!

    I loved writing letters when I was younger. I love writing emails.

  5. J.K. Coi
     · December 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm · Link

    Maybe it’s an author thing. I hate the phone.

  6. Janga
     · December 14th, 2008 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Most of my telephone conversations are brief and to-the-point, and I text only when necessary. But I can–and do–talk for hours to a few people. I would hate to give up email, but I find phone conversations more personal and more immediate. When one of my bff was living in Texas, she called to talk about a problem and that conversation lasted for eight hours. This was before the days of long distance calling plans. Her DH suggested that a visit would have been cheaper. 🙂

    But I hope I never reach the advanced stage of cell-phone addiction. For acute sufferers, the phone seems to become a permanent appendage.

  7. Kelly Krysten
     · December 14th, 2008 at 10:16 pm · Link

    I hate to talk on the phone. Even my best friend and I only talk long enough to agree on a place to meet. There’s just something annoying about the phone. I like communicating but will never be a phone person. Also, I never answer the phone when it’s a number I don’t know. And I, somewhat ashamedly, admit that even when I know who’s calling I don’t always answer…Does that make me a bad person?

    My brother also doesn’t like the phone but he loves to text and use all of the other features his phone has excessively.

  8. Maggie Robinson
     · December 15th, 2008 at 6:26 am · Link

    Kelly, that makes you just like me, so you are a GREAT person, LOL. I’m so interested in everybody’s reactions. I thought I was the only one who had developed the anti-phone thing—and really, my parents would never believe it. They never saw both ears the whole time I lived at home—I was hooked up.

    RevM, when we had all four kids at home, they had their own line, or we would never have gotten a crack at the phone.

    Tiff, I like having the cell if there’s an emergency (with Maine weather, you never know). But one of my daughters doesn’t even have a land line, just her cell, and she’s ALWAYS on it. She has way more friends than I do. *g*

    Welcome to the Not-So-Exclusive-Club, JK!

    LOL, Janga! EIGHT HOURS? You probably could have gotten there and back in that time!

  9. irisheyes
     · December 15th, 2008 at 9:32 am · Link

    I don’t mind the phone. I’m not all that fired up to answer it at home anymore cause it’s never for me! I do love my cell phone. I don’t use it a lot but it gives me great piece of mind. I’m not into texting though. That may change once the kids get on the plan.

    Janga, that’s hilarious. I have to share that with the DH! I have a sister who lives out of town and we talk on the phone in huge blocks of time. I don’t think we’ve made it to the 2 hour mark yet. LOL We both have calling plans and we have the same cell phone provider so all our cell phone calls are free.

  10. terrio
     · December 15th, 2008 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I’ll admit it, I’m a phone addict. But I’m a talker so that shouldn’t surprise anyone. I did away with my landline so the cell is all I have. In fact, reading this blog made me search for it in my coat pocket. LOL! It’s now safely on my desk.

    I’m not as big on texting, but I do it more now than ever. I have friends who text me all the time so I’ve gotten used to it. Though I still say it’s freaking phone, push the button and TALK to me if you want to know something!

    I’d be lost without email. Don’t know how we ever got along without it!

    Hope your daughter had a great birthday, Maggie!

  11. Laura
     · December 16th, 2008 at 9:35 am · Link

    I’d rather email than talk on the phone. Some people think that makes me a horrible, antisocial person, but I would rather write emails/letters than talk.

    I don’t text. I also can’t understand things written in “text message language” (where every word is abbreviated).

  12. Linda Banche
     · December 16th, 2008 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Ah, a woman after my own heart. I hate the phone. I’ve come to the conclusion there are phone people and there are email people. I’m an email person. My husband and I may be the only people on earth who don’t have cell phones. If someone expects me to carry a phone around all day, they’re going to pay me.

  13. Maggie Robinson
     · December 17th, 2008 at 9:42 am · Link

    LOL, Linda. I loved my cellphone when the kids were still at home, because I worried less—but now, all it does is beep—low battery!

    Laura, judging from what comes out of the printers at my high school, kids no longer know how to spell. Too much texting? I’m an e-mailer too and have a devil of a time finding stamps when, God forbid, I actually have to write a letter.

  14. MsHellion
     · December 17th, 2008 at 3:28 pm · Link

    *ROTLFMAO* This blog is SO ME. Every word absolutely true. And I’d talk for HOURS when I was younger; and now I glare if the phone rings. I only have the cell phone on now on the off change the boyfriend might call, because I like him.

  15. Santa
     · December 18th, 2008 at 12:45 am · Link

    I would have to say that I am a phone person — in short stretches. Ask any of my friends. I do most of my calling from the car on my way to anywhere. I’ll drop you in a hot minute usually because my cell phone isn’t charged or I don’t have good coverage.

    My DH feels the same way you do about phones and he used to work for a wireless carrier. He hated to talk on the phone so much while we were dating that he resorted to sending me cassette tapes (remember them). It was like having him right there instead of miles away. I still have those tapes. Nothing to listen to them on but I’ll treasure them always.

  16. Maggie Robinson
     · December 18th, 2008 at 7:01 am · Link

    Aww, Santa. What a keeper! Sounds like something you should stick into one of your books!

    Hellion,trust you to get to the practical heart of the matter—the phone is only good when boys are involved, LOL.

  17. Jess Granger
     · December 19th, 2008 at 12:06 am · Link

    I don’t like calling, so much. I do like getting calls.

    I’m at home caring for the kids, so sometimes that is the only way I can talk to an adult all week.

    “There’s a bagel in your ear!”
    “No, you’re silly. It’s a banana.”

    Only goes so far sometimes. Sigh.


  18. Maggie Robinson
     · December 19th, 2008 at 8:29 am · Link

    LOL, Jess. I remember when my kids were little and I talked on the phone.Suddenly the house would be quiet. I’d say to whoever I was talking to “Gotta go,” because the kids always took advantage of my distraction and did something dreadful, like draw mustaches on each other with permanent marker or cut their baby sister’s hair while she was sleeping. Ah, good times. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!