There was a time I just couldn't stand to let the phone ring without answering it. That time has passed.
It came about a few years ago, when everyone I actually wanted to talk to would call my cell phone. The only people who ever called our home phone were telemarketers or survey-takers. I just stopped answering the home phone. If it was an important call, it would show up on voicemail, and we'd take care of it - but that seldom happened.
Now, my very smart Hubby has our phone set so that our home phone rings both of our cell phones, too. That means that I can take advantage of the built-in caller ID on the cell phone to see if it's a call I should answer. Strange area code? Talk to the voice mail. Call from Hubby's work? Let him answer. Mom calling for the 3rd time? Call her back later.
It has simplified my life a LOT! No more dashing for a ringing phone - no more interrupting storytime or dinner just because the phone rings. It definitely works for me.
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