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Returning Phone CallsViews: 117
Dec 22, 2008 11:05 pm re: re: re: re: re: Returning Phone Calls

Marielena Alvarez
You seem to have gotten the wrong idea about family calls. We have a different culture than you do and that is probably part of the difference. Our way of life is fast-paced compared to other countries. Things are more laid-back in places like Costa Rica, a place I enjoy visiting.

Disfunctional family come in all colors and sizes. Those who do not respect you or your time are the least of the problem. Some of the family calls want something, something they could do for themselves. They are inconsiderate of your time and push their own political agendas. Toxic and disfunctional people are not worth my time.

I choose to surround myself with those that matter most, like my better half. Unless I do not hear the phone ring, calls from Andy are my top priority. Calls from his family in New Zealand are a top priority as they rarely call to chat (too expensive) and there is some news, like the death of his uncle or a visit from his daughter.

Calls from my mom are a priority as she keeps up on the family and will let me know what is going on. Both of my brothers only call when they want something, usually to crash at my place on their way to or from somewhere else. I am low on his priority list and we do not go out of our way to accommodate him as he has many friends and "uses" family.

There are a few people who will call and talk for an hour about nothing. Sometimes they are lonely and want someone to talk to but sometimes they are downright annoying.

I enjoy talking to my sisters on the phone, but they are not phone people or internet people and they even do not use the mail.

Unfortunately you are stuck with your family, you get the good and the bad and the downright annoying. Fortunately you can choose your friends, those who love and inspire you and have your best interests at heart.

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