Let me give you a little background information on Olivia and the phone: She no likey. I don’t know if it’s because she doesn’t “get it” that the other person is calling to talk but not really there or what, but she usually freaks out at talking on the phone. If she decides to do it, you can’t understand her very well and the conversation only lasts a second.
The phone rang yesterday afternoon. I saw on the caller id that it was one of the boys in Gabe and Olivia’s grade at school. He often calls to talk to Gabe or to see if he can play.
I picked it up and said Hello and expected to hand the phone over to Gabe.
But he surprised me by asking for Olivia.
I stuttered “Wh-wh-wh-what?”
“Can I talk to Olivia?”
I guess. She’s not very good at talking on the phone but we can try.
I put the speakerphone on (like I usually do when she’s attempting to talk on the phone) so I can translate and, of course, so I can hear the conversation.
Olivia: “HI N! How are you?” (Hand to God she is talking like she talks to boys on the phone every day of her life. With a huge smile on her face. Clear as day. No translation needed.)
I’m good. (Seriously, kid, you’ve got to get better skills. Ask how she is!)
Olivia: “Whatcha doin?” (Is she really initiating conversation with a boy on the phone?????? And fluttering her eyelashes…with a grin on her face?)
“Nothing really. What are you doing?” (Atta boy. Reciprocate!)
Olivia: “Watching Mickey Mouse.”
Olivia: “Thanks for calling me, N. See you later.” (Way to know when to fold ’em, kiddo!)
“Bye Olivia! See you at school!”
Are you kidding me???? A BOY CALLED MY DAUGHTER!!! I think it’s sweet and yet at the same time I am absolutely panicked. Don’t they know she’s completely off limits??? Even Gabe was all “Who’s calling my sister? Why? They aren’t supposed to call my sister!” And it wasn’t because she has special needs.
It was because she was a pre-teen, beautiful, precious girl and a boy was calling her just to talk.
And who does she think she is going all awesome-at-talking-on-the-phone on me when she’s never done that before? All because it was a cute boy?
I’m in serious trouble.