Got a call for wrong person…

It happens a million times…

“Hello, is _____ there?”

“Wrong number.”   (or my favorite “I think you have the wrong number— exactly how much thinking is involved… the number is either right or wrong… period.”

Anyway… a few days ago…

The home phone rang… which is an oddity… I really ought to cancel it for the amount of time I use it… nobody calls and I rarely use it… just to make local or 800 calls.

I answer it.

It is a person from a fire organization… a voice I recognize… asking to speak to another name.

I reply, “No, he doesn’t live here, I’m John Smith’s wife.” Thinking perhaps there was a list and name and phone number had been mismatched.  No.

The voice apologizes and hangs up.

A year or so ago, that voice told me… the run around… things like you’ll always have the fire company… we’ll be here for you… your husband was so wonderful… he’ll never be forgotten… blah… blah… blah… blah… blah…

Now… that person didn’t recognize his name… didn’t recognize that we’d ever spoken… didn’t know who I was… who John Smith was…

Yeah… blah… blah… blah… blah… blah…

I didn’t even cry.  I’m getting used to being forgotten… to John being forgotten…

blah… blah… blah… blah… blah…


About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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