Sunday, June 13, 2021

Time Calls for All

 


For the better part of my life, we had a landline phone: 2 longs and 2 shorts were our number on a party line. 

Then, technology brought a dial desktop phone.

Our phone number was (217) 734-2076. I dialed that number for my entire adulthood.  Hi, mom!  Could you tell me the recipe for……



Now, Mom is gone. The phone number has been deactivated, although I have tried it many times. It made me feel good even though it would never answer.

If I have a question or need directions, I must access Google.  I must also remember and connect with my passwords, all the while wrestling with Windows. It never ends.

Mom’s phone number? I will never forget it. Oh, how I miss her.



37 comments:

  1. I love this Susan!
    Oh, those precious things that were so much a part of our lives that are gone now. I still email Daddy's address. I'm not sure where the messages go, but it feels good to do it!

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  2. My Mom passed last year and her answering service still has her voice. I love to hear it and I miss her so much. Hugs to you!

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  3. I have certain numbers I still remember after YEARS. :)

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  4. Uy como pasa el tiempo hay cosas que nunca se olvidan . Te mando un beso

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    1. Same here. At night when I am trying to sleep, those memories pop up.

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  5. My childhood phone number is my password for so much. I'd use my address, but 729 is just to short.

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  6. I have some of those old numbers permanently installed in my memory banks. And yes, the number for home is definitely one of them.

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    1. It is the number I called almost every week.

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  7. I remember the first phone number I got and I remember my grandparents number, too. What a way to pay homage to your mother, Susan.

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  8. I never remembered my mum's phone number, if I wanted to call her I had to look it up in the "addresses" pad beside the phone. We weren't strong communicators though, cards at Christmas and birthdays was enough for us.

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    1. I wish that were not part of your family's lives.

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  9. touching sharing dear Susan !

    we too had dialing phone and i used to dial mom's number either
    i miss her too ,i still think may i pick up and mom says it's me ,can't be true but no control over what heart longs right

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  10. That's a number you'll never forget.

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  11. When I was a kid and we were on an operator-assisted party phone line, our phone number was 365-W. Our neighbour (the other party) was 365-J. It was a small town -- we didn't need longer numbers, LOL!

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    1. Our operator Laura Jane was like a GPS. If Mom was wondering where we had wandered off to. She knew.

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  12. It took me a long time to be willing to get a call phone. I do find it to be a useful tool but I dislike being that connected to anyone. I still have a land line. It is paid for years at a time because it is through the internet so I'll keep it too.

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    1. It took me a few years to ease into Windows.

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  14. I still remember all three numbers my parents had over the years.

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    1. Our farm number L2S2 (long, short) still sticks, too.

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  15. I still remember my childhood phone number. Those numbers are imprinted on our brains somewhere.

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    1. It would seem that many people have that phone # to enjoy.

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  16. There's just some things you never forget and my home phone number is one of them.

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  17. My mother passed away in 1974...she was only 54 years old...far too young. I miss her still...and always will.

    We never had a telephone during my childhood. It was off to the the phone booths or the phones at the Post Office we went in the rare times we needed to make calls.

    I still only use a landline phone. I don't have a mobile/cell phone, and have no desire to get one. I do have dual-digital phones now, though. My old desk sits by feeling useless. (Similar to how I feel at times!) :)

    Take good care. :)

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    1. I insisted on having a land line and mobile.

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  18. I remember those designated rings and party lines. Since we moved every few years I do remember Our last one: TAlmage 5-2366.
    Oh yes, I feel sorry for someone who had a mama they do not miss. I still remember a neighbor lady who said, "I gotta go over to mama's again, If she wasn't my mama I wouldn't even like her!"
    Anyway, yes we understand, we too miss our mama's. They were so SPECIAL.
    Sherry & jack
    This was a nice visit, thanks. lots of memories kicked in.

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    1. We will see the space warrior (age 42) with his little boys. I will tell him this story, again.

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  19. I remember being fascinated with my grandmother's party line back in the day! (I still have a land line, but it's all mine!)

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!