IT’S your birthday. You jump with excitement as you hear the sound of the letterbox slamming. Dash downstairs to scoop up the scattered mail on the hallway floor. Rip open the envelopes at relentless speed and read the messages in your birthday cards. You instantly recognise the writing on the envelope of this particular card – Aunt Suzy. You grin with delight as you rip open the envelope to reveal not only a birthday card but also a rather generous cheque received from your favourite aunt.
How do you thank Aunt Suzy? Flowers? Chocolates? After a few minutes of deliberation the answer is clear. No need to splash out on flowers or chocolates … it’s good to talk and Suzy would love to hear your voice. The answer is to give her a call and show your appreciation. The phone box is only a short stroll down the street.
Fling on your jacket, head out the door and stride down the street.
Luckily you can see that the phonebox is vacant from a distance and you quicken your stride to make sure no one beats you in the final straight. You get there, swing open the door and pull out a note with aunt Suzy’s phone number from your back pocket. You hear the healthy dialling tone when you lift up the receiver and begin dialling.
It’s ringing and after a few more rings you hear ‘Hello’ from aunt Suzy. Before you have a chance to respond to aunt Suzy’s greeting, an annoying series of beeps belts into your ear. You had totally forgot about getting your coins ready to slot into the phonebox to make the call. You frantically twist and shake with one hand down the front pocket of your trousers trying to dig out the loose coins. You manage to dig out a couple 10p coins and frantically slide one into the pay slot.
‘Hello it’s me. How are you?’
‘Hello my lovely. I can’t grumble. How are you? Are you having a nice day? Happy birthday my love.’
‘Thank you Aunt Suzy – I’m having a great day thanks – thanks for the card and cheque.’
‘You’re welcome my love. How you getting on with Sandra? She’s a lovely girl.’
‘Ohh you mean Sonia? We broke up a last year – things just weren’t working out.’
‘That’s a shame my love, Sandra was such a nice girl, I could tell she came from a decent home and was brought up with good manners. Not to worry, there’s plenty more fish in the sea. What you having for dinner? We’re having a nice piece of steak from Marks – Jeff loves a nice piece of steak with not too much fat on it. He’s out cutting the grass at the moment so he’ll be ready for a good feed afterwards. Any chance you can get back with Sandra?’
‘Sonia! No Aunt Suzy … No chance!
‘That’s a real shame. I had a friend at school called Sandra – she was such a good friend but always had a stream of snot coming out her nose. It was lucky that I always carried a hankie.’
Those annoying beeps kick in and you abruptly end the call. You trudge off with your heart beating twice as fast than when you first stepped into the tall red box. You giggle to yourself as you think about the randomness of aunt Suzy. Just a quick simple call as made her day and provided her with enough gossip to last for the next five days!
It’s good to talk. Sometimes we don’t get to talk as much as we’d like. Sometimes we just need to listen. Whatever the occasion don’t hesitate … just make that call.