20
Jun
07

Communication

Phone 2  Originally uploaded by macroninja.

What is the main form of communication you utilize with your family members – nuclear and/or extended?

I don’t like the telephone – nope – not one bit. I don’t do well on the phone. I think it stems from a position I held as an operator at a payroll company. You can imagine the volume of calls and the percentage of nasty callers. I could hear a line ring-in even after I’d left the office and been home for hours. It traumatized me. It really did. Now I don’t trust that I’m hearing everything properly over the phone let alone interpreting inflections, etc. The only people that have ever put me at ease on the phone have been Josie, my SIL and Geo, my husband… maybe because they’re siblings. Anyway… it’s pretty well known in my nuclear family that I don’t like the phone. I’m not sure how far that knowledge reaches out to my extended family but I imagine since they don’t hear from me very often that they probably don’t know.

Occasionally I enjoy writing notes and letters and sending them through the post, but mostly I use email. Yes, I hear you groaning… it’s so impersonal and you can misinterpret things in that medium too. It’s definitely a comfort zone issue.

What do you do?

P.S. I love this photo by macroninja on flickr.

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2 Responses to “Communication”


  1. 1 robbusmaximus
    June 20, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    I confess it — I am a telephone person. (One of my friends keeps insisting I at least get rid of my Call Waiting — or “Call Rude” as he calls it.) But email runs a close second for me. What I cannot stand: Texting.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for commenting! I don’t like cell phones much either – I know – so texting would also fall under that category for me.

  2. 2 gardenaddictcook
    June 20, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    I agree with you. I usually talk to about 5-6 of the same on the phone…stems from working in banking. I hate voicemail too. I am known to never listen to it. Texting….can’t even get organized enough to do that yet….

    I do hate listening to voice mail. I used to dictate from voicemail and it was not fun. At home here we have caller ID and an answering machine for screening. I’ll sometimes mute it so I don’t have to listen to the messages being left. Can we say introvert?


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