Thursday, September 05, 2013
Please Try Again
We've been getting a string of wrong numbers lately and it's heartbreaking.
The calls are eerily similar: a polite and very direct, female voice on the other end of the phone says hello and immediately tells me how many children she has and that they need a place to stay. Apparently, our number is being given out by some agency or other for housing or sheltering services.
I try to break in as quickly as I can to let them know they have the wrong number. I find myself wishing I could be the help they're looking for, though. There is something so immediate and human in this simple, specific call for help.
All I can think about are circumstances that must have led up to that call, the courage it took to pick up that phone.
I don't have any way to help them right now (I'm trying to track down the number they should have been given) but my reaction has given me a bit of insight. The next time I need help from someone, maybe I'll be a little less reticent to ask for it.
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