The Magical Powers of the Telephone

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
It is a mystery.  I would probably donate to the efforts that attempt to explain this phenomenon.  Comment if you are a parent who experiences this or has ever experienced this:

I must preface this with the fact that I am not a phone talker.  I don't sit for hours on the phone and I NEVER just sit and talk.  It is always paired with some other task that's possible to do while on the phone.

Here's the scenario:  The kids are seemingly busy and quiet.  I decide it's a good time to make that phone call.  Usually this is paired with a warning shout-out to alert them that I am going to be on the phone.  When all of the sudden...the kids need me.  They need to talk to me.  They are arguing.  Someone got hurt.  There is a potty emergency.  There is a picture that was drawn for me. 

Today, we had just gotten outside for the boys to ride bikes when my phone rang.  Only 1 trip down the driveway and Will had to tell me something.  It was obviously an emergency, as they've been told x-teen times that if it can at all wait until I'm off the phone, it should.  Turns out, he's been seeing a lot of robins out lately.  Definitely time-sensitive.

And while I'm on the subject...if anyone has any tips on how I can let Cole know that holding up my index finger in a "just a minute" sign does not mean repeat and repeat and repeat in a whisper voice, that would be great.  It means don't talk to me!  For now.

4 comments:

The Copper Pot said...

Lol !!!

heresthediehl said...

as always, LAUGHING hysterically at this. and at will's being so observant of the robins.

Kelly said...

I sooo feel your pain. I very much dislike being on the phone and it's so much more painful when I have to do it with noisy kids in the background (who are so quiet/peaceful as I dial). I locked myself in the bathroom the other day and sam started banging on the door. I guess it sounded like gunfire on the other end...sigh. Apparently I haven't figured it out either.

Renay said...

Oh man can I ever relate. In fact...my kids need me the VERY MOST when it's a call to like a doctor's office or a call that involves a stranger on the other line. The finger holding up thing so does not work. You know what does work...for like a milli second? Running like mad to the nearest lock-able room (kelly...you gotta go two rooms deep...like lock your bedroom and then lock yourself IN your bathroom). I know...I'm totally the parent of the year. HA!

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