Or . . . "1-800-CONTACTS is thoughtful."
It struck me as kind of funny when I saw this phrase on my box of contacts.
"I am, a phone call answered on the second ring" . . .
Two, it really touched me, which seemed silly to me because--like I said--they are just a contact lens company!
[Three, their use of commas bothers me a little, but that is beside the point.]
With all the thinking I have done on the topic of answering and calling, this fits right in. What if I was "a phone call answered on the second ring"? That really says something, I think. (Apparently, 1-800-CONTACTS is also "a handwritten note." This is my kind of marketing.)
She totally meant it as an encouragement, and I totally took it as one. And I was grinning when I hung up the phone.
I still had 2 1/2 hours of driving ahead of me (and I was alone in the car--what in the world!), so I thought, "yes, I sure will call somebody." My mom is a school teacher, so I knew I couldn't get a hold of her at that time. So I called my friend Steph. . . you know, the one who gave me a good talking to? :)
Turns out, she was right in the middle of about five different things, but she still talked for a few minutes until we decided we would try again later. As we were hanging up, she called out, "Call someone else!"
And I laughed out loud. My friends are really looking out for me.
As soon as Stephanie and I hung up, my cousin Kara called. She was on her way to the funeral and had a couple hours ahead of her as well, so she had a feeling it might be a good time. And it was. Other than the five or so times my cell phone reception cut out (Oklahoma may not like Verizon, I don't know), it was perfect. With five kids between us, we don't get a lot of talking time at family gatherings.
And then on my way back home later that afternoon, my mom called. And I can't say for sure, but I may have answered it on the second ring.
You guys, this was a really good day for me! If only every day involved sitting alone in the car for eight hours . . .
But back to real life. You know what I was thinking? Sarah called me back even though she had just gotten to work and wasn't going to be able to talk. Steph answered the phone even though she had a one-year-old hanging onto her leg, her in-laws were in town having breakfast in her kitchen, and she and her husband were in the middle of a home improvement discussion. She had to go tend to all of those things, but she answered.
And today I answered!
I was really encouraged by the comments left on the "picking up the phone" post, and I can't wait to get to them and reply (thank you!). I loved hearing that others have put thought into this subject as well.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and maybe even a little phone time. Who do you need to call? :)