Saturday, September 08, 2012

3611 Telephone protocol

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Half the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half have never voted for president.
One hopes it is the same half.
-- Gore Vidal --


Daughter has never telephoned someone when I'm around, so I don't know if the following is a general pattern with her, or reserved for me.

My phone:  "Ring ring..."  Phone display says it's her.
Me:  "Hello."
Her:  "Hi Mom."
...silence...which will continue until...
Me:  "Um, you called me.  You get to pick a topic."
Her:  "Oh, yeah, I'm going to the store.  Need anything?" (or whatever her topic is)

Every single call! 

Is the problem mine?  When she says "Hi, Mom", am I supposed to say hello again, or ask what's up, or "how are you", or something?  Is my understanding of phone protocol wrong?  Isn't the person who made the call supposed to take the lead?

1 comment:

the queen said...

When Dave calls, I usually say "Hi Dave, what's up?" to suggest to him he shoud have a reason to call, instead of just calling me so I can entertain him.