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Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

But I turned it off

It shrieked five times before the answerphone kicked in, soaking up whatever message had spilled into it. I should have answered it, jumped to it, sated its desire for connection, lifted the burden it was so eager to put down. I hesitated, teetering on the brink. A step forward, a step back; the telephone two-step. Then it beeped once, twice, the flashing yellow light summoning me. A question. A task. A signature. A request. Another bullet on a never ending to-do list. But I turned it off and sauntered into the playroom to skip-to-my-loo with abandon.
100 word challenge

This week’s prompt is the phrase ‘but I turned it off’. Read the other entries in the 100 word challenge for grown ups over at Julia’s Place.

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  • Lisa

    I love the language you use, “
    soaking up whatever message had spilled into it.” Brilliant. I think we should all turn off the phones once in a while and enjoy playing.

  • Delft

    I’m not sure I’d have the courage to turn it off. 
    What if it bites?

  • bod for tea

    Why thank you! *blush* And I agree, but I’m particularly bad at doing it though!

  • bod for tea

    The trick is to press the button and then leg it in the opposite direction. Doesn’t always work though *rubs sore thumb*.

  • Alison Green

    Love this. I do wish I was better at switching off – machines and myself.

  • bod for tea

    I hear ya. Me too. And thanks *grins*

  • Middle-Aged Matron

    Clever.  Like it!

  • bod for tea

    Thank you kindly :D

  • Kate C

    Very clever! I like it, don’t do yourself down when you said mine was better. I’d say they were equally as good! 

  • Sandra Crook

    Really good piece.  You captured the intrusive power of the telephone beautifully.

  • bod for tea

    Awww thanks Mrs :D

  • bod for tea

    Thanks for your kind words :D