18 November 2011

My Bad News Rule

When I was little, bad news always came by phone (as opposed to text, e-mail or Facebook) and always in the middle of the night, usually around 3 a.m.* That's when and how I found out my uncle had died, my grandparents had died, my grandma had died, my other uncle had died, my aunt was in a car accident, my mom had died, etc. At least that's how I remember it.

So, I don't take my cell phone upstairs with me at night. We haven't had a landline in years, so if my cell phone is downstairs, no one can give me bad news in the middle of the night. I also can't call for help if a burglar** breaks in, but that's a risk I chose to take.

I know I'm putting off the inevitable, but I think having a normal night's sleep before being alerted to a death or disaster is a good thing.

I'm just telling you all this because I usually go upstairs around 8*** to watch TV. If you call or text after that, I won't get it til the morning because I don't have my phone with me.

* Why do people do that?
** If you're a burglar who's reading this, I won't have a phone upstairs, but I do have a gun.
*** I just realized I'm 80.


wrestling kitties said...

I keep my on vibrate so that I have it (along with the gun) if someone breaks in but I can't hear it if it goes off.

wrestling kitties said...

P.S. I hate getting bad news via text....but what is worse is I found out bad news the other day on Facebook. Really, is that what this world is coming too?!

Sassytimes said...

I realized I'm 80 because when reading this, the 'mom' in me came out and thought "don't tell people you don't have a phone with you!!" Then I read the blurb at the bottom and laughed out loud about the gun. Haha.

I think it's sad that people tell bad (and good) news these days via text and FB. I miss the excitement of random phone calls.

Wendy said...

You ARE 80! ;)

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

I turn my phone to silent at night for the same reason. I assume that if someone is calling with bad news, they can call me in the morning and b.) if there is an emergency, what can I do in Mexico? Nada.

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

(I am so sorry you have experienced so much loss...)