Can You Hear Me Now, Son?

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - May 26, 2005
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Our 16-year-old son has a problem. He probably has the same problem as millions of young people his age — he has a girlfriend. Not that the girlfriend is a problem. No, she’s a sweet, smart, pretty young lady who comes from a really nice family.

The problem is that he can’t seem to see enough of her or at least get enough talktime on the phone. He might see her maybe twice over the weekend, but during the school week, his only form of contact with her is via the telephone.

Our son can tie up the phone line for hours, and we recently got him a wireless service where he has unlimited calling to his sweetheart. That was a good thing for the money we saved on the bill.

That gave him, however, the ability to talk nearly endlessly with her, as long as it didn’t interfere with school homework for either of them.

The other night, my son and I were home alone together. I thought we could spend some time hanging out after he finished his phone call.

He talked with her for a few hours and when it was time to eat, he asked to eat in his room so he could continue talking to her. I hesitantly said, “OK.” I started to get irritated because he was on the phone so long. I reminded him to take the garbage can out to the curb.

I followed him outside and saw that as he pushed the can outside, he had his cell phone pressed to his ear. That was enough and I yelled at him, “Hang up that phone right now!”

He said, “But, dad,” and I cut him off demanding that he end the call.

He closed the clamshellstyle phone and I lectured him about taking too much advantage of his phone privileges. I asked if he had anything to say.

He said, “Dad, that was mom I was talking to.” Just then we could hear the house phone ringing and if this is possible, it sounded rabid.

We knew exactly who was calling and before I turned to go answer it, I told my boy, “I guess we’re both grounded.”


Jessica Wilson, vice president of Aloha Mothers of Multiples, sent in their official website. They’re an educational support and social group for families with multiple birth children:

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