Important Phone Call

United States
January 14, 2022 12:04am CST
I had to get out earlier today and stopped at the Farm Store to pick up produce. It's cramped with narrow aisles and difficult to move with a cart. Especially when people don't use proper cart etiquette. But that will be for another discussion. Anyway, as I was stuck with my cart I got a little irritated. I shook my head and started to back my cart out. I turned to see a small child in a cart behind me. Maybe three years old. She was using a cell phone. I later found out it was a toy. She was talking all sorts of jibberish into the phone. She looked at me and stopped her conversation. She held out the phone to me and clearly said... "It's for you." Without hesitation, I took the phone and started my own imaginary conversation. She giggled. I acted surprised and included her in the dialogue. Things like "Yes she is. She's right here. Yes, yes she does have a red shirt and white shoes. She squealed. Then I said "I don't know, I'll ask" I put my hand over the phone and asked her if she cleaned her room today. The smile faded away and she looked at her mom. Her mom had that "mom look" and shook her head. I uncovered the phone and said "She will be doing that a little later because she had to go shopping with her mom" A look of relief turned into a big grin and as I finished the call, she began giggling again. I returned her phone and thanked her for letting me take that important phone call. Her arms reached toward me and she gave me a very sweet hug. The carts ahead of me cleared and I was able to move again. I picked up a few things and as I was about to leave, I spotted a little girl waving like crazy. I made silly faces and waved back before exiting. Toy phones sure are different than they used to be. If a child hands you a toy phone, will you take that important call?
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@PhredWreck (6095)
14 Jan
At least it wasn't someone contacting you about your car's extended warranty. Those people are everywhere.
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• United States
14 Jan
I still get mail with warranty offers for a car I sold 15 years ago. Nice to see you again Myk.
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14 Jan
@Vikingswest1 Decided to give it one last shot and do things a bit different. Not going to bother with starting any discussions and not going to bother with new users/most recent discussions/etc, I'm following a rather large group of people I already know and am going to concentrate on only responding to discussions by them.
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• United States
14 Jan
@PhredWreck I get it. I'm fed up with all social media and the bs that comes with it. I had my FB disabled since last January and just decided to delete the profile. I already quit Twitter and haven't posted on Gab for over a year. I just MyLot and still had to take a break from it. I can feel this desire to respond negatively here and know I need to step back. I'm glad you're giving it another shot.
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• Peoria, Arizona
14 Jan
Oh that is the sweetest thing! Of course, one has to take the call! You just never know who is going to be on the other end, but it is obviously very important! The only time I will actually enjoy talking on the phone is if it is fake and makes a child smile haha!
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• United States
14 Jan
It was a lot of fun for both of us
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@DaddyEvil (68452)
• United States
14 Jan
I would worry about getting Covid from her... I try not to touch things other people have handled and immediately use sanitizer if I do happen to touch anything right after someone else. We both use it constantly in the grocery store. (We do our best to shop when the store is almost ready to close so we run into as few people as we can manage.) Before Covid, yes, I would have taken the phone and chatted with nobody to please her.
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• United States
14 Jan
I didn't even consider Covid when I took that phone. I left my required mask in place during the interaction and washed my hands after I got home. Our immune systems are actually built to fight off viruses so it's not a huge concern for me. I believe I had Covid for about three months in early 2000 but recovered without incident. I understand others fear but we shouldn't let it change who we are. I have good health and no risk factors. It's natural for those with concerns to avoid any dangers they see as a threat. I didn't see a threat. I saw a child that wanted to play lol.
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@DaddyEvil (68452)
• United States
14 Jan
@Vikingswest1 Pretty and I both have health concerns that make us worry about Covid.
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• United States
14 Jan
@DaddyEvil Yes. It's in your best interest to avoid threats and crowds.
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@1creekgirl (29667)
• United States
14 Jan
What a sweet exchange. It was good of you.
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• United States
14 Jan
It was good FOR me too
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@1creekgirl (29667)
• United States
14 Jan
@Vikingswest1 I agree. It's so hard to have human interactions now with this horrid virus. You both enjoyed it.
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• United States
14 Jan
@1creekgirl It's a little sad that children are growing up in a world filled with fear. Fallout from Covid will last years I'm afraid.
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@Janet357 (75359)
14 Jan
wow, what a nice woman you are! I meant, i would just smile at him and leave. but you spent time talking with him. You can be a teacher for kids.
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• United States
14 Jan
I'm sure I enjoyed it as much as she did.
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@Janet357 (75359)
14 Jan
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14 Jan
@Vikingswest1 Such a nice woman as you is rare to find these days
15 Jan
Sure, I will! I think the child "connected" with you saying, "You are a good person and everything is gonna be all right." She might be an angel telling you that.
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• United States
15 Jan
I'd really like to think that. It was a moment I won't forget soon
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15 Jan
@Vikingswest1 I believe the child won't either. She will always cherish the memory of someone kind believing in her make-believe phone call.
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• United States
15 Jan
@everwonderwhy She may even clean her room lol!
@just4him (261277)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Jan
That was so sweet. I'm glad you took the phone call. Yes, I would.
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• United States
15 Jan
I'm glad that I took the call too. My irritation with the cart jam in the aisle seemed to disappear
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@just4him (261277)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jan
@Vikingswest1 Funny how that happened.
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@CarolDM (168666)
• Nashville, Tennessee
14 Jan
How kind of you. Many would just ignore. You made her day, and yours as well. I would most certainly take those calls.
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• United States
14 Jan
It's important that a person takes time for a child that reaches out. Three minutes in time isn't a lot spend but the return on that investment was priceless
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@CarolDM (168666)
• Nashville, Tennessee
14 Jan
@Vikingswest1 I totally agree. Children are the best.
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@kaka135 (14490)
• Malaysia
15 Jan
The girl is so sweet! I think she enjoys playing with you and she must love your silly faces. Why kids always enjoy seeing adult do silly things? This reminds me when my kids were young. They do not have a toy phone, but they can just take anything and pretend it to be anything, and yes, I have to take the important call and pretend play with them. It's funny and it always makes the young children laugh. Young children are really cute.
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• United States
15 Jan
It was something that reminded me of my own kids when they were little. A child reached out to me. I could not let her down. Imagination in a child is a wonderful thing and I think that silly faces from adults really tickle the youngsters.
@JudyEv (264084)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
What a perfectly lovely story. What a kind soul you are. I'm sure that little girl will remember that call for a long time. I wonder if she cleaned her room when she got home?
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• United States
15 Jan
I was wondering the same thing. I'll bet she did hahah.
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@wolfgirl569 (49072)
• Marion, Ohio
14 Jan
I always rake those phone calls. That made your shopping trip fun
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• United States
14 Jan
It sure did
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@marlina (137638)
• Canada
14 Jan
Because of Covid, no I would not touch the phone at all.
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• United States
14 Jan
That's a choice only you can make. I won't let fear change me.
@MarieCoyle (2750)
14 Jan
That is just so nice, that you took the time to be good to her and take that call. And you got a hug in return, how special that was.
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• United States
14 Jan
Priceless.
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@RubyHawk (49919)
• Atlanta, Georgia
18 Jan
That was so nice of you to pay attention to the child. I don’t know if I would have thought of doing that.