Who Can You Call
No, it’s not Ghostbusters, if you’re feeling down, who could you really call if you need talking off a ledge? If you were to really think about it, I have both parents still. Not complaining, they are still around and I have two sisters, an older, who lives an hour away and a younger sister who lives with our mum again, 3 ½ hours away.
My older sister, I won’t even send a Facebook request because it would hang in limbo.
My mum and younger sister, I can’t call when Masterchef is on, or Survivor, or even Bachelor. I can’t call before midday and I can’t call certain days of the week after 7pm. They work odd hours and sleep worse hours than me and there seems to be an all-round they don’t want to hear from me, so I don’t bother.
Had a call with mum today with my Case Manager here and the call went surprisingly well. I was eating my breakfast at the time so had to be very patient. We were collectively discussing my application for the NDIS. Occasionally when my mum got distracted by the “problems” and couldn’t get to a solution, I found my words.
I finished the call with my usual sign-off “Love you and leave you” and my mum gave me the phone equivalent of a “whatever”.
Hanging up I shared a moment with my Case Manager that he understood my pain and yet, if I need “talking off a ledge” my mum would want to hear from me.
My advice to anyone, if you’re feeling down, if you’re having a hard time call someone.
Don’t do anything stupid, just call someone. Start a conversation and if you’re that person someone calls and you don’t know what to say? Just say something.
Sometimes, it’s OK if you don’t know what to say, just talk, give them company.
Having said all of that, there is a rare evening the phone rings after midnight and I laugh when I answer. She asks “is it too late?”
I laugh again.
It’s often a very prompt, matter of fact call. Which is fine.
By that time, I’m trying to wind down and arguments don’t help.