Amanda over at Shamelessly Sassy has dared us all to blog about our ‘Quirky Confessions’ to ‘own up to the odd’. She has written a whole long list! How very very odd! I, on the other hand am just going to share one weird thing about me, because I think one is enough. I don’t want to freak everyone out, my parents read this blog you know!
I recently confessed to this oddity on a parenting forum I hang out on and discovered that perhaps it is not so odd after all. I am not alone in my weirdness even though I suspect most of you will find this rather silly… but… well… I have a phone phobia.
I don’t like to call people on the phone. Actually, I really really really hate to call people on the phone. Yes, I know ‘hate’ is a strong word, but I feel strongly about this. If you know me in real life (as opposed to the perfect me I share here) you’re probably sitting there, thinking to yourself ‘hey wait a minute, she never has called me, has she!’ and you’d be right… I haven’t. I don’t like calling people I don’t know, to make an appointment, order something, get information etc. I don’t even like calling people I know, not even people I know really well. I call my mother and my husband, but I don’t even call them very often.
I don’t mind talking on the phone if you call me. If I know you, please do feel free to call me as I’ll quite happily chat to you for hours, just don’t expect me to call you back if you leave a message on our machine….
Now before you email and comment, I know it is not logical. I know it is rude not to return phone calls. I know I can’t get by in life without ever making a phone call. I know all of that, but I can’t even really explain why I don’t like calling people. I just get that sinking feeling in my stomach when I have to contemplate it… despite rationalising it away and telling myself it is silly…. I still don’t like it.
So if you are waiting for me to call you….. it is going to be a long wait. Odd? I know!