A Conversation That Actually Just Happened
Context: I tasked my fifteen-year-old daughter with ordering food from the local pizzeria.
Athena: I tried calling the pizza place but I got a weird noise.
Me: Like what?
Athena: “Buzz. Buzz. Buzz.”
Me: …. That’s called a “busy signal.”
Athena: Okay. What does that mean?
Me: It means someone else was calling them and they were on the phone when you called.
Athena: …. Well, whatever. What do I do now?
Me: Try calling again in a minute.
Athena: (Sighs) Fine.
Me: You… you really didn’t know what a busy signal was?
Athena: I’d heard of them.
Athena: I’m going call them again now.
Me: Okay. I’m going to sit over here, being old.