A man in demand

by Katie on February 25, 2010



First, I have to compliment my husband. He answers his phone. Every time it rings. Every. Single. Time. And I will admit, it often has its advantages.
But other times? Totally annoying.
Which means we disagree on phone usage.
My philosophy is, if I’m in the middle of working on something, whether it’s a writing project in the office or an outside job on the farm, I don’t let my phone interrupt me for the most part. I like to finish what I’m doing, and call back. And I do always call back. I just get out of focus when I stop desk work to answer the phone, then it takes a while for me to get back on track. And I don’t see much point in answering the phone just to say, “Hey, I’m in the middle of starting some irrigation pipes. Can I call you back?” I mean, why not just let the phone ring, and call back? Same thing, right?
Brandon doesn’t agree. He calls a lot during the day. A lot. If I don’t answer my cell, he calls the office phone. If I don’t answer that, he tries the cell again. Then when I call back five minutes later, he says, “Good thing it wasn’t an emergency.”
Similarly, I call him a fair amount during the day. But he’ll answer the phone while straining to hold up a tractor implement with the other hand, and ask if he can call back. Or he’ll be in the middle of showing me how to do something, and stop to take a call.
Anyway, all that to say that at least sometimes, I have a point.
We processed calves yesterday. As in branded, castrated, dehorned, dewormed. On about calf number five, Brandon had just finished sculpting out its horns, and had the branding iron going on its head to stop the bleeding.
His phone rings.
He seriously has one hand holding the branding iron on the calf’s head.
He answers it:
And tells the guy he needs to call him back at a more convenient time.
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