We all dread hearing the sound…that call in the middle of the night. Visions of urgent messages dance in your head, as you struggle awake.
We have a couple of family members who are in ill health. Plus a long time family pet that is long in years. Just yesterday, our kid sent us a text message expressing concern of the pet’s health and fearing that she may be dying soon.
So when the phone rings in the middle of the night, I jumped up and started a search in the dark for where my cell phone was left.
“Hello,” I answer sleepily.
“Um, Hello” answers a soft voice. “Were you asleep or something?”
Now I’m beginning to suspect this isn’t family.
“Sort of, I wasn’t soundly sleeping. It was a long flight…Ten hours. What’s up?”
“Oh, I’m sorry, Kirk. Are you on a different time zone or something” asks the caller?
“Yeah, it’s 3 a.m. here” I state firmly, but quietly. “What do you need?”
“Oh, well I was just wondering if it was going to rain today. See, we’ve got this flood watch and I was wondering if it’s serious enough to cancel our event…”
Now, my wife says I’m too nice to people. She says I ought to raise my voice when they call at odd hours like this. But this case really seems to takes the cake. This is the second time that a different person has called while we’ve been in a different time zone on a long trip, and claim they didn’t know I was so far away... or asleep.
Anyway, I never get upset: First, I have to deal with these people. So it doesn’t pay to become exasperated.
Second, I’m already on the phone with them, and I have to realize that some people just don’t LIVE weather, like I have to. I'm considered the expert, and I should be flattered that they call and need my advice.
And Third, I think karma says ‘what goes around comes around’, or something like that. So I try to respond with "good vibes".
So I don’t raise my voice, don’t yell, don’t tell the boss, don’t “do anything” about it… and much to my family’s annoyance.
Besides, I’m still half asleep. So I answer their question, and hang up, and struggle to get back to sleep. Now, there’s a fairly good chance I’ll be developing a migraine tomorrow. I just wish I could think of some gentle way to deal with this… but if I pop up and write an email, I’ll be even more awake. I’ll have to think of something while I try to get back to sleep at 3 a.m. (We’ll be getting up at 6:30 to prepare to go to the Arizona Memorial. It will be a full day…)
Hmmm… maybe I should blog about it... What do you think?