Talking While Distracted by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

i-love-lucy-phoneI recently caught myself just as I was about to profess my love to the technician at my computer store. Granted, I was very grateful to the fellow for rescuing the innards of my laptop, but tomboy honor, that’s the extent of our personal relationship. I was suffering from holiday induced TMPO at the time, (meaning I had Too Many Programs Open and Not Enough Resources to Run ‘Em). Hence, my talking while distracted episode.

He had just given me the good news and I was about to say goodbye when it happened. I managed to save the moment by garbling something like, “Okay, thanks, I love, love…love this store!” I’m nothing if not liquid smooth.

Talking while distracted may not be as dangerous as driving while texting, but it can lead to some interesting situations. I mentioned my moment on the radio show that day and I got a ton of feedback from my listeners. Frankly, I felt a lot better about mine after hearing so many of theirs. It seems I’m far from the only one to end my calls with surprise sweet nothings. My readers have even opened phone conversations with unique greetings. My favorite was the lady who once answered her cell phone with, “Dear Heavenly Father.”

And that reminds me of another story. A group of us were discussing the tech gap between the generations and how kids often serve as reluctant tech geeks for their parents when the story was told about a young man who helped his mother set up her new smart phone. Bless her heart, it was some time before she discovered that the little comedian had equipped her voice mail with the following message:

“Hi, you’ve reached my mother’s cell phone. I’m sure she would love to hear from you but don’t bother leaving a message. She’ll never get it because she doesn’t know how to check it. Just wait a while and call her back. Thanks!”

It’s a shame she couldn’t send him to his room, isn’t it?

Y’all have a great weekend. We’ll see you here at Southern Belleview next week where the words are always flowing, (and sometimes in the right direction.)

Hugs, Shellie

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. You’re invited to visit with Shellie on her porch where she regularly celebrates the charm and heritage of the South.


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  1. lisa Wingate says

    Hahahaha! This reminds me of a family scene when one of my kids’ cousins used his cell to record his grandparents having an “ask for directions” argument in the front seat. By the next week, they were hearing about it from third parties, as the conversation had been shared profusely around school.

    gotta love those techno-smart kids!!!

    Hugs, Shellie! Thanks for making me laugh this morning!


  2. says

    LOVE this, Shellie! Bless you for making me laugh out loud this morning. There is certainly nothing like the stuttering and stammering one does after declaring their love to someone other than their beloved! It may or may not have happened a time or two around here! :)

  3. Julie Cantrell says

    our kids take snap chat pics and video of us when we don’t know it and send it to their friends to make fun of their ridiculous parents. nothing is sacred :) and they think I’m a complete techidiot..which is true. def a generation gap. hail the tech guy!

    • Shellie says

      Julie, what’s funny to me, is that my parents think I’M the tech genius, while my kids think this same “genius” is a novice. Oh, well. :)))

  4. Melanie Backus says

    I love this story. You sure covered yourself well. Laughter is the best medicine and you sure have given me a good dose! Thank you !!!!

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