Please Leave A Message

We’ve been leaving messages for people on their answering machines and voice mail for years now and we still feel the need to tell them to leave a message. Many years ago my mentor’s husband had a message on his voice mail that I thought was brilliant.  Absolutely brilliant.  It said, “This is Jim.  Thanks for leaving a message.” See? My adorable friend, Robin, giggles every time she hears the greeting on my voice mail because I have had This is Cindy Beall…thanks for leaving a message on mine for years now.  She laughs as she tells me that I’m being awfully presumptuous and I laugh right back as I tell her, “I’m just being a nice, Texas girl who is thanking them ahead of time.  That’s all.” It’s awfully considerate of me, don’t you think? I’m just sayin’.  

14 thoughts on “Please Leave A Message”

  1. I almost always leave you a message too. And it is all because you thank me for it. 🙂

    The rest of the time I figure you have caller ID and probably don’t know to many people with my area code. LOL.

  2. My bride likes me to check the messages as soon as we walk in the door. Sometimes they get checked by me, and other times…

    Do you also think it’s courteous to leave comments on people’s blogs you’re just passing through. I’m trying to be conscientious about that. You can generally find something to good to write about in someone else’s blog. Jesus said in Luke 6:31 “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

    It never hurts to be nice.

  3. Are y’all old enough to remember rotary phones? Remember when there was no such thing as voice mail and you were “all that” if you had a big answering machine beside your phone, and everyone would run to the machine to pick up the call?? Honestly though … I don’t like phones. They’re handy but I’m not one of these people who can talk for hours and it seems as though most of my friends are. My message is very “professional” sounding; I’m such a type A.

  4. you should consider having a message of “I’m sorry, this mail box is full”…then, you could thank everyone in advance for making your life less full of voice mails!

  5. Our outgoing message on the home phone is something like “Hi! You have reached the Storches. I never check this voice mail so please call us on our cell phones if you actually want to talk to us.”

    We are on our way to ditching the home number soon anyway.

  6. Oh my gosh, leaving messages is one of my favorite things in this world to do. I can talk as long as I want, depending upon the voicemail. I can sing, rap, ramble. There’s such a freedom on voicemails.

    Is that a sickness?

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