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Writer's Block: My New Wallet

Cell phones are the new wallets…. what do you wish you could pay for with your smartphone?



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I don’t have a smartphone.

So instead, I’ll tell you a little story about days gone by when no one owned a smart phone.

My mother used to work as a long distance telephone operator. (You know, push 0 on the old "unsmart" phone and an operator gets on the line to help you).

All day long she had to answer each customer with this two word phrase…

“Long Distance.”

One night, at the end of a long shift she crawled into bed and started to pray.

Without thinking, the first words out of her mouth were…

“Long Distance.”



Smartphone or no smartphone, this is the smartest call you will ever make...

“Call to me and I will answer you.” Jeremiah 33:3

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ba1126
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
My first 'real job' ( a full week and good pay) was as a long distance operator in Boston, in the days before direct dial. We had a very busy office, as we had many big businesses, banks and the Navy yard. We also had some people who lived on Beacon Hill, one of whom was a Nationally syndicated cartoonist, whose work 'led' the funny pages each Sunday. For a funny guy (on paper) he was a miserable customer. He treated us as though we were paid directly by him, as in;"get me the Times in New York!" No please, no number, not even his own name (we were supposed to recognize his voice and know what he wanted!!) He would swear at us if we got it wrong, too! One day, he was given to the supervisor after swearing at someone in the office and SHE chewed his ear off!! That Sunday, there was a 'comic' belittling phone operators!!
1carolinabrown
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
"Please" goes a long way in dealing with people, doesn't it?!
ba1126
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say, my Mom worked as an operator, too, before she married!! Her office probably looked like your picture, and except for the dresses, ours wasn't much different!!
bluesman
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Call to me and I will answer you

Most excellent.
akirashima
Jul. 17th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Ah the days when 0 meant something. and telemarketers would have been drug to their deaths for calling during dinner time. Oh and dinner time at a real kitchen table and families that OMG did things together and neighborhoods where kids played and we not afraid of the neighbors and when new people moved in there was house warming presents and civilization!
cajunncary
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your most wonderful encouragement, it is especially refreshing for me to hear the voice of God through his word!!!!!

rhkpennsylvania
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you wrote about this. I tried to journal on it a while back, but I couldn't get it to sound as funny as when Grandma tells the story. You did a great job!
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