Mom! Mom! Is that REALLY you Mom?

Voices can be deceiving. You call someone up on the phone and think you know who you’re talking to, right? But, do you really?

For example, I had called my Mom once. You see, she’s in Colorado. I had the number for her memorized (I thought). I dialed the number because I had some very exciting news to tell her. This is how the conversation went:

Hello?

Hi Mom. How are you?

Oh, Pam; I’m just fine. What have you been doing these days?

We must have talked for fifteen minutes, you know, the usual back and forth banter when you haven’t talked to someone in a long time. She finally came out and said are you still in Michigan?

Hmmm, I’ve never been in Michigan. Um, is this Mrs. Smith, Nancy Smith?

Well, no. Who is this?

Oh my gosh! Come to find out after exchanging details, we discovered that we were not mother and daughter at all. After totally and profusely apologizing for taking up her time, we both had a good laugh.

It made me realize that as people get older, their voices can change and become a little more raspy, deeper, more tired somehow, and how easy it is to carry on a complete conversation with someone you might not even know. It also made me realize that one should really take care to make sure they know who they are talking to so that you don’t take a chance on releasing personal information to someone you don’t know, especially in this day and time.

Another thing I learned was to not rely on memory when dialing phone numbers. One slip and look what happens. My partner could not believe that we both carried on a conversation for at least 15 minutes (she says) with a stranger and still laughs to this day.

So Mom! Mom! Is that REALLY, REALLY  you?