• Phone on bed in DC house
    New Perspectives

    Dear Girl on the Phone from UCLA

    I’m so sorry that you had to get me, of all people, when you innocently called to ask for money. I’m so sorry I picked up. I never do. But I saw the 310 area code and I thought it might be an old friend from college and really I just wanted to chat with someone tonight. Someone who once knew me and loved me. Someone from the past who remembered when I was young and fun and had not a care in the world. But it was you. You read from a script and you asked me how I was doing and you told me about all of the…

  • Shawn Calling Family After Tommy Was Born at Home
    Family & Friends

    Why I Can’t Call You Back

    I have at least a dozen unanswered voicemails on my phone.  That might not seem like a lot, but I just deleted all of my voicemails a few days ago.  Sure, there’s one from the dentist and another from the cemetery (there’s a phrase I never thought I’d write) but most of the voicemails are from friends and family. I recently got a new phone that actually transcribes my voicemails.  It’s great.  I can tap on the voicemail and see basically what someone said on the phone.  I use this feature all the time, and then if I’m feeling especially grateful for the love, or guilty about not being in…