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The memories are great. Took me back to the days of partylines. We only had 2, maybe 3, families tied together.

Your story was nice, but I was confused about your point. I couldn't tell if you were pro cell phones, or pro partylines. You showed both sides without really taking a stance. Your reader wants to know where you stand.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
I too come from a party line era, and enjoyed your story. I share your ambivalence about cell phones, although I truly cannot blame them for the current lack of neighbourly care - that was already well-advanced before the cell phone came into being! God less you.
*smile* I actually remember having to listen for different rings when I was younger. Today kids listen for their own ring tone. How things have changed.

Thank you for the glimpse into a time, not too long ago, but far enough that it is being forgotten.

I wasn't sure if you were irritated with Pearl or glad.

Thank you for writing this.