A silly memory

answering machine

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A long time ago, when I was married to my first husband, we had four kids under the age of seven in the house. Plus two dogs and a cat. It was quite lively around our place. Anyway, this was back in the day of answering machines — that would be before the days of voice mail for you kiddos.  Are answering machines still a thing these days? Are house phones even a thing? I dunno. We haven’t had one in years — an answering machine or a house phone. Anyway, my memory was back in the time of answering machines, and this was also during that weird period of time when people left “witty” messages on their answering machines to tell whomever was calling that they weren’t home (or whatever) and this doggerel was my message for awhile (quoted from memory):

You’ve reached the home of Willow and [redacted] also known as “The Zoo”

We have so many children we don’t know what to do

Edit (forgotten lines)

They’re driving us crazy, they’re driving us up a wall

We can’t reach the phone to receive your call.

They’re playing so loudly we can’t hear the phone

So leave your name and number at the sound of the tone

Please leave a message at the sound of the beep

And we’ll call you back when they all go to sleep.

via Daily Prompt: Zoo

5 thoughts on “A silly memory

  1. Embeecee

    Yes those ‘old’ fashioned devices are still a thing. I have a landline phone that has an answering machine built into it. And I too indulged in the silly message on the machine in the day, but now it’s dignified. Hubby didn’t care for whimsy and I got out of practice…

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  2. Peg Stueber-Temp and Tea

    I remember the 2nd Ex-Mr.-Me did a damn good impression of Ronald Regan, and he used that voice for the answering machine message.

    We can’t come to the phone right now, but if you leave a message, Me or Nancy will call you back.

    Well, well, well, well…

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