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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: On the Telephone (11/18/10)

TITLE: I Wonder who is Silly
By Philip Barrington


Oh no! The alarm sound has been going off for twenty minutes! No, it’s not a dream it is the cordless phone making silly noises again. Okay, it’s the alarm set on the cordless phone. Time for the kids to get up for school.

Dragging myself to the kitchen I can scarcely see the kettle when I put it on. Walking back to the family room I switch the monitor on to read my emails.

Oh bother, I need to go to the bathroom.

Coming back to the kettle, I make myself a cup of coffee. I sit it at my computer desk. With blurred vision after being asleep for a long time, I see a heap of spam. I start to wake up after a couple of sips of coffee. My day starts to get frustrating.

The kids are waking up. A routine nonsense argument starts. Now my day is getting worse. There are arguments at the table. One of the boys, the youngest, starts to talk their way through packing their bag for school. My morning builds with more confusion. An alarm is sounding again.

Oh no, it is that cordless phone again.” I need to go to the bus stop.

I hurriedly get my slip-on shoes on. One son goes without the other. I drag along behind thinking about what I need to do today.

Finally the bus comes. I go home warn out from the morning.

Oh no! I have to get on the phone again. There has been a mistake in my account. They seem to not have the money I sent them.

Frustrated with the events of the morning; my hair messed up by rubbing my hands through my hair. I phone the required company.

“If you want this press one; for this press two; if you want this press three; if you would like to speak to an operator just hold and somebody will assist you shortly.”

More confusion sets in. I go over to put the kettle on; I may go to the bathroom with the cordless phone while I wait and the music plays to me.

After a period of time waiting for a human, finally one talks to me on the phone.

“Sorry to keep you waiting.”

Oh yeah, my loaded mind thinks.

“How can we help you today?”

“There is a discrepancy in my account.”

My mind goes into things I want to say but I shouldn’t.

“Could you please give your name, date of birth, and your mailing address?” Asks, a nice sweet voice.

Hey, all I want to do is to let you know how you messed up my account.

“How can we help you?”

“I paid my account last Monday and now it is Friday. I have a letter stating that I have not paid my account.”

“How much did you pay?”

“I paid the amount in full.”

“What is your account number?”

“My account Number is 555 771 555.”

“Let me just have a look for you.”

“Sir, it says that your account has been paid.”

“Well, why did I get a letter to say it wasn’t paid?”

“When was the letter posted?”

“Last Friday.”

“Sir, you paid it on Monday so you paid it after the letter went out.”

Feeling rather silly I try to say goodbye over the phone. But a kind sweet voice comes over the phone.

“Is there something else I can help you with today?”

“No thank you.”

Feeling so silly, I hang up and then complained to my wife.

Sitting there with a smile on her face, tells me with a loving heart:

“What do you expect?”

Not getting anywhere to excuse my silliness, I go somewhere all by myself and sulk.

Because we have late nights, I curl up in my bed in the afternoon. It does not seem long, the alarm starts again. It is time to open the back door for the boys. My wife opens it.

I check the mail. Another account. Oh no! I need to do the same thing tomorrow and get on that silly phone.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7 K.J.V

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Verna Mull 11/26/10
This was a fun piece. I liked the conversation in it and it made me chuckle. Many times, I would love to throw the telephone out of the door, but they do seem like a necessity.