We used to wait by the phone, waiting for it to ring

Wouldn’t go out for the fear of missing important calls

Be it glad tidings or apprehension of bad news

Staying by the landline used to be our preference when waiting

Then came the mobile ( cell) phone settings us free

All you had to do to stay connected was to charge the battery

Now we get all the news and information we desire

On the go with a small device in our hands


There is a signal in the phone!


Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ring.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Bonus points if you use it as both. Have fun!

Written for Linda’s SoCS- Ring



60 thoughts on “Wait

  1. Oh my gosh, this brought back memories of life before an answering machine. We didn’t have one — not sure why my parents didn’t want one but if you weren’t home and no one else could take a message for you that was that. 😂

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  2. Oh this one resonated! I held on for as long as I could but I FINALLY gave in and canceled our land line a few months ago and bought my first cell phone since retiring 7 years ago. I do love the convenience but it’s scary how quickly I, too have become accustomed to being available anytime, anywhere. It seems very sad to me, somehow 😕

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  3. I don’t understand the need to answer the cell phone every time it rings. The caller can leave a message and be called back at a more convenient time. Not every call is so important it needs to be taken right away.

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  4. I only turn my cell on when I need it. And only answer numbers I know.
    At home I screen all my calls. Just moments ago there was a ‘robo sales’ all –
    (I thought it must be… since it was an ‘800’ number that didn’t leave a message.)
    And earlier today in the ID was a local convience store, but no message = not important.
    I looked up the number and the ID was ‘spoofed’ anyway.

    Good to have a phone land or cell for emergency. But for much else… there is room for debate 😉

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