I 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.)
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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