This Is The Story All About How My Phone Got Flipped…

, , , , | Related | August 10, 2020

My dad moved out of the US after my parents’ divorce when I was young. He is not a fan of technology and does not have a cell phone, so I can’t call him via an app like WhatsApp or Facebook. I buy calling cards because they are cheaper than my cellphone’s long-distance plan.

A friend of mine, who also calls family long-distance, recommends an app that’s like a calling card on your phone that you preload money on. I decide to try it out and call Dad one day. 

Dad: “Hello?”

Me: “Hi, Dad. How are you?”

Dad: “[My Name]?! Is that you? I can’t hear you. Speak up!”

Me: *Louder* “Dad? How about now?”

Dad: “Honey, you sound far away. Your cell must have bad service. Walk around a bit.”

Me: *Doing as he suggests* “I’m in the backyard, Dad. Can you hear me?”

Dad: *Getting frustrated* “You sound really far away. Try calling again later. “

We say goodbye and hang up. I reach out to the app’s tech support and put in a ticket. I mention it to my friend who says she’s never had any issues. Tech support gets back to me that the issue should be resolved and to try the call again. I do and my stepmother answers.

Me: “Hi, [Stepmom].”

Stepmom: “Oh, hi, [My Name]! How are you?”

Me: “Can you hear me okay? Dad couldn’t hear me when I called a few days ago.”

Stepmom: “Yes, I can hear you.”

We chat a few minutes before Dad gets on the phone. 

Dad: “[My Name]?”

Me: “Hi, Dad.”

Dad: “You still sound far away.”

Me: “I don’t know what’s wrong. [Stepmom] heard me fine.”

Dad: *To my stepmother* “How come I can’t hear her but you can?”

My stepmother takes the phone, we exchange a few words, and she hands the phone back to Dad. This repeats again, as Dad still can’t hear me. Then, I hear my stepmother burst out laughing and, after some rustling, Dad comes back on.

Dad: “[My Name]?”

Me: “Yes?”

Dad: *Excited* “I can hear you now!”

Me: *Relieved* “Finally! What was wrong?”

Dad: *Long pause* “So, we used to have a phone with a cord and it broke, so [Stepmom] went and got a cordless phone.”

Me: “Uh-huh.”

Dad: “And you know I don’t know how these fancy things work…”

I know where this is going.

Me: “So, what was wrong?”

Dad: *Sheepishly* “I had the phone upside down.”

I laughed so hard when he said that, even he joined in at the absurdity of the situation.

I lost my dad two weeks after this conversation, so to have such a happy memory of him in one of our last few conversations is something I will forever treasure.

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