Storytelling Sunday: Long distance romance
It was interesting to read some of the comments on my February contribution to Storytelling Sunday regarding how different telephone charging policies were in the UK compared to the U.S. in the 1990s (i.e., cost per call in the UK, local calls included in monthly fee in the U.S.). Though we didn’t have to worry about extra cost for Karen’s local calling habit, it was another matter entirely when it came to long distance!
We had a lot of rules in our household when daughter Karen was growing up. Most had been in place for a long time, including one that Karen wasn’t allowed to date until she was 16. This turned out to be difficult to enforce because, with a birthday in late June, Karen was among the youngest in her class. So, about halfway through her sophomore year and a few months short of her 16th birthday, we agreed that Karen could start dating. It wasn’t long before she paired up with D, a boy a year ahead of her in school. They went together for most of the next 18 months until D’s family decided to move to Florida, some 1200 miles away from our Connecticut home.
Needless to say, our telephone bill skyrocketed the first month after D moved because he and Karen were on the phone as much as each set of parents would allow. In fact, early on in their long distance relationship, I discovered Karen on the phone (with D, of course!) and asked what they were doing. Imagine my surprise when Karen said they were “watching a movie together”—at long distance rates! Needless to say that call came to an abrupt end, and, once the first post-move phone bill arrived, Karen’s dad and I quickly came up with new telephone rules (involving a kitchen timer and a set number of calls per week) in order to control our monthly long distance charges.
Posted for Sian’s Storytelling Sunday. Click here for Sian’s own story and for links to other interesting and entertaining reads. And, of course, you are welcome to add your own story to the link party.