This morning I discovered that a message had been left on our home answering machine that was obviously meant for a loved one of the person calling, a certain uncle Horatio, which in this case was no one in our household. A wrong number.
A sweet voice left a message wishing the intended recipient a merry Christmas and also made plans for a visit, would he please call back to confirm.
Which made me kind of sad, as I and only I knew that they had flubbed the number and were leaving their message on my machine rather than Uncle Horatio's. Most likely, the caller will call again when they don't hear back from Uncle Horatio. Presumably, they will get the number right on the second try.
But what if they don't? What if Uncle Horatio never gets his message, and the caller assumes he is not interested in a visit? Had the voice on the phone left a number, I would have called and told them about the mixup...but they didn't.
So, before you write someone off as rude or not interested....make sure you didn't leave your message on my answering machine by mistake.