Obviously my post yesterday hit a few nerves, rankled a few consciences, especially those from whom I have still not heard. Many assumed, incorrectly, that I was writing about them. The people about whom I am writing don’t even read the blog so really, the offensive factor was greatly diminished.
Although I believe La Lopez’s comment to be in the minority, it brought up a few questions of its own. Does she prefer emails to phone calls because she is a working parent and talks on the phone and to other people all day? How is she communicating with her college freshman son? Believe me, I will be waking mine up on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. to see if he is home and/or conscious via the telephone. Somehow, a text message saying “How’s your hangover?” is just not as painful as your mother’s dulcet tones singing in your ear. As the commenters have pointed out, this is an Expat Issue. Or is this an Issue concerning the contiguous 50 states and 5 Canadian territories as well? How often does the mother in Maine/Manitoba call her son in California/ Calgary?
Have we cracked this nut? I don’t think so. I am hoping the issue marinates and we have more commenters who can either whine or offer perspective.
I wrote the above this morning and then I read Klab’s comment which perhaps confirms the La Lopez theory/working mother theory. Klab should be gratified to know that I have not sent out any photo albums for the last 6 months. However, this does not exculpate the other 50 percent of the population, the nonverbal, leftbrainers, the traditional hunter/gatherers. Do we let them off the hook? I am getting a busy signal.