A New Milestone

Milestone My daughter has learned to answer the phone. This is very good news. Every time my kids learn to do something new for themselves, I am filled with pride as they move further towards complete self-sufficiency. Every skill adding to their usefulness in our home.

I think about all the freedom this new skill will bring. If I’m in the shower and the phone rings I can yell “Izzy, can you get that?” If I’m in bed with a headache and don’t want to talk to anyone I can mumble “Izzy…will you get that?” If I’m outside and she’s not, she can answer the phone without me having to race inside potentially tripping over the obstacle course of shoes and toys that dot our floors.

This morning, I was making pancakes (no, NOT pancake puffs…the old-fashioned kind and it did go over just as well…). I was wrist deep in blueberries and batter when the phone rang. I peeked over to check the ID and see who was calling. It was a telemarketer.

Izzy said “I’ll get it!”

I said “don’t bother, it’s a telemarketer.” The phone continued to ring.

“You mean one of those annoying people who always call and try to get you to buy their stuff?”


She picked up the phone and said in a bad mock English accent “Oh, hellloooooo??”

Someone must have responded because she was snickering quietly and listening.

Then she yelled “Lady, get a life!” into the phone and hung up.

Yup. This new skill will indeed be useful. And I am proud.


How do you deal with Telemarketers?

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Sarah Maizes

Sarah Maizes

Author, editor, comedian. Pudding aficionado. Regular Contributor @TODAY @HUFFPO @MOMdotme

0 thoughts on “A New Milestone

  • November 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

    You know exactly what youre talking about, exactly where other people are coming from on this issue.  Im glad that I had the fortune to stumble across your page.  Its definitely an important issue that not enough people are talking about and Im glad that I got the chance to see all the angles.

  • September 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    @[email protected] – I hear you and completely agree that everyone, even telemarketers, deserve our understanding and we should all aim to teach our children respect and manners. 

    However, my blog isn’t about being politically correct, or even about being correct at all.  For better or worse, this is my life and this is what I write about. 

    Thank you for your advice and I hope you won’t let my candidness stop you from enjoying my blog.  I have no problem with being taken down a peg or 2, just as long as I get to say my piece. 

    Best regards, Sarah

  • September 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

    As someone whose job is to call people who use my company’s health services and followup with them, I often get mistaken for a telemarketer. Too many people don’t realize that I, just like telemarketers, am just trying to make a living. It’s great that your daughter has learned to answer the phone, but that telemarketer has a life. That telemarketer is trying to earn money to live life. I don’t think a lot of people really want to work a job where they get harassed everyday, but the bills have to be paid. With the economy the way it is right now, you’ll take anything that comes your way. Even jobs you’re overqualified for. Here’s a bit of an advice, a lot of places will keep calling you back until you explicitly tell them not to…even if it takes a couple of tries. Their job requires them to persuade; they don’t do it for fun. So save everyone some time, take the more effective route and politely tell them to stop. 

  • September 1, 2009 at 5:59 am

    I read that one, and I found myself laughing out loud. Thanks 🙂

  • September 1, 2009 at 4:06 am


    great going.

    thumbs up from my side.

    keep it up.

    hope to have a great discussion here.



    (tito dutta)

  • August 31, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I start ordering crap. “Uh, hello ma’am, would you like–” “I’d like a large cheese pizza, oh and can you grab some sushi from the Golden Dragon for me? Thanks thanks.” “I’m sorry, but I was trying–” “To convince me to buy breadsticks too? Well lady you got a deal!” “I’m not a lady, and–” “Sure sure, be here in thirty minutes or it’s free!” -hang up-


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