The Interrupting Phone Call

@CRK109 (14403)
United States
April 7, 2017 10:41pm CST
So I was in the middle of watching Dr Strange when the phone began ringing. I wanted to ignore it so badly but when I saw who it was, I put the movie on pause and answered it. It was my niece. It's been a very long time since she called me just to talk. Normally, I have to make the first move as far as chatting or having a real talk. But our relationship is obviously back on solid ground because she picked up the phone and called me to ask some advice about her sick cat. Poor thing has been so upset and worried. She actually called out sick from work today (she's a doctor) to stay home and tend to her cat (who may or may not have liver problems - the vet honestly can't tell for sure). We had a long phone conversation about her sick cat and the other two healthy ones. And then she wanted to give me updates on some problems at the hospital where she works. Long way into that story, my phone began to beep as it was losing charge and I had to get off the phone. But we're tentatively on to go out to dinner next Friday night. I told her I'll keep in touch this weekend (to see how the cat is doing), and if things look good during the week, we can definitely head out to eat and have a long face to face talk. She sounded pretty happy about that. Hard to explain how happy I am about this, too. She and I used to be closer than most aunts and nieces. We share a birthday and only 12 years separate us. I never thought anything could tear us apart and yet it happened, so I'm thrilled things are back to the way they used to be. We've both worked very hard to come back together, and it's nice to see a happy ending. Claudia
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@Happy2BeMe (75424)
• Canada
8 Apr 17
Glad to hear that you a day your niece have overcome whatever parted you and that you are now close again, that is great.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
We've learned to make peace. Now if only we could teach the rest of the world how it's done!
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@Happy2BeMe (75424)
• Canada
8 Apr 17
@CRK109 that would be great
@jstory07 (71443)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Apr 17
I like to always read a happy ending. Good for you that you both are close again
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
Yes, it's very good. We've learned how to close the door on the past and just love each other again. And that's as it should be for everyone!
@just4him (129028)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Apr 17
I'm so happy for you that things have worked out between you and your niece. I hope her cat gets better and the vet can find out what really is wrong with it. I know she must be heart broken about it.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
She's understandably a mess over her cat and will be spending the weekend trying to get her cat to eat a little more. I told her I'd be home if she needs me for anything. If I had a car, I'd go over there to help her out. But I can cheer her on from my phone or the internet, at least, until we can get together. It really surprised me that she came to me for help and advice but it warmed my heart, as well, for so many reasons. I've been praying for the day when we could just picked up the phone again and chatter away the way we used to.
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@just4him (129028)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Apr 17
@CRK109 I'm so glad she did. It's the start of something great between you again.
@Morleyhunt (21474)
• Canada
8 Apr 17
It's good that you and your niece are drawing closer after a long estrangement. I've had to pause a conversation to plug my phone in.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
We've managed to put the past away and just concentrate on today. It's as if nothing ever separated us, and I'm so grateful for that!
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@AmbiePam (50280)
• United States
8 Apr 17
That's wonderful! I hope I have a close relationship with my niece as she grows up. We are not anywhere close in age, but I hope I'm always someone she knows she can count on.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
Besides being aunt and niece, we always had a friendship just underneath it all and today that friendship is getting us through. For her to be able to call upon me for help and advice warms my heart and lets me know that I'm important to her. I'm really hoping we can get together on Friday. I know we'd have a lot of fun.
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@TRBRocks420 (84696)
• Banks, Oregon
8 Apr 17
Hope you have a great time with your niece and, hope her cat will be ok.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
Thanks, TR. I hope so, too, for all of us!
@Ronrybs (7938)
• London, England
8 Apr 17
Nice to get back in touch, hope the face to face goes well, too
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
If I know my niece, I'll be eating and she'll be chattering on and on! lol And we'll both enjoy all of it.
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@Ronrybs (7938)
• London, England
9 Apr 17
@CRK109 I could join with the eating if there is too much!
@LadyDuck (183365)
• Switzerland
8 Apr 17
I am so glad that you are back in touch. I am very close to my niece too, even if more than 30 years separate us.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
It feels like the years of us being apart have just closed, and that's wonderful. Everything is peaceful and loving again, as it should be. I am so grateful to have this time with her again.
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@LadyDuck (183365)
• Switzerland
9 Apr 17
@CRK109 I am glad that you are now very close again.
13 Apr 17
Hi Claudia, I am so happy that you and your niece are reconnecting. I love my relationship with both of my aunts, so I am especially thrilled that you two can move past former issues to move forward in a positive direction. Congratulations.
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
14 Apr 17
Thank you! It's been such a blessing for me, and I think for her, too. At this point in my life, I want good relationships all around. And I'm ready to admit where I've done wrong if that means I can save a relationship. It's time.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26837)
• United States
8 Apr 17
I am happy for you that the two of you are getting close again
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@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
8 Apr 17
thanks, Marie!