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9/3/10 11:16 A

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As teenagers we have all gone through the stage where we wanted to sit on the phone for hours and talk about what "she said" or "he said" or does he like her and does she like him.

When I was a kid, my dad had a sign on the wall next to the phone that read, "calls are restricted to 5 minutes or less!"

When I was a kid you had to pick up the phone (that was ALWAYS attached to the wall with a cord because cordless phones had not been invented yet) and listen before dialing. WHY? (you ask)

Because you had to see if the neighbors were on the phone or if there was a dial tone. We had what was called a "Party Line." There were 4 farms on one phone line, us and three other families!

You could be in the middle of a conversation and one of the other farm families could pick up the phone. Sometimes they would and would ask how long you were going to be. They may need to use the phone for an important call. That is why we all tried to keep our conversatoins short (in case another family needed to use the phone).

So when we moved to Ohio and I got my own phone line, I was on the phone for hours talking to my new friends. My dad still wanted me off the phone in a timely manner in case someone was trying to call us because again Call Waiting had not been invented yet.

But even after all of the hours logged on our phone with my friends in high school and boyfriends over the years my most anticipated phone call was in the fall. It came every year.

You see all my siblings stayed in Wisconsin (where I am originally from) but I wasn't old enough when mom and dad moved to Ohio for Dad's work, and every fall my oldest sister, Kelly, would call me. She knew that my favorite time of year is Autumn.

She would listen for the first big flock of Canadian Geese to fly over her house honking as they flew and she would run in the house and call me to let me know that the Geese and Autumn were on their way to Ohio. We would giggle because we used this ritual as an excuse to call each other for an "extended" visit twice a year. (Because unlimited long distance had not been invented yet).

I did the same for her in the Spring. Winter in Wisconsin would seem to just drag on sometimes so at the first sighting of a flock of Geese flying over heading North in the Spring I would call Kelly and tell her the Geese and Spring are on their way!

I miss those phone calls! Every fall and every spring with the passing of the first flock of Geese I shed a tear and have to resist the urge to call my sister and tell her about the Geese.

You see, she passed away at the age of 38 from a Brain Tumor. Even now as I sit here trying to write this the tears are streaming down my face. I would give anything if that phone would ring and on the other end of the phone would be Kelly with a giggle in her voice to let me know that the Geese are on there way.

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9/1/10 10:54 A

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The first woman telephone operator began her job today, in 1878. She worked as an operator for 33 years. Her name was Emma M. Nutt.

What was the best telephone conversation you ever had? What made it so special to you? Or, if you can't remember a best telephone conversation, write about someone you would like to talk to on the telephone and why? It can be anyone, not just someone you know.

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