My friend’s water broke last night, another friend is going to the doctor today and may get induced, and about a dozen other friends and family members have due dates set for late 2008/early 2009. With all of the birthing around me, especially the one(s) this week, I’ve begun to wonder what kind of phone chains will be established to deliver news of the deliveries. This thought immediately took me to last November.
At that time, Brian and I had the same cell phone model. Of all days, OF ALL DAYS for Brian to grab my cell phone and take it to work with him, it happened to be the day that a dear friend, Christie, went into labor. I was given the high honor of relaying her news to some other friends, and now my phone was in the hands of…A MAN! Not just any man…MY HUSBAND (you’ll see what I mean by this in a minute)!
On my way to work I took Brian’s cell phone and did two things: 1) called my friend’s husband, Mark, and left a voicemail saying that the best way to get a hold of me was via Brian’s cell, and 2) called Brian and told him to call me as soon as he heard any baby news (in case Mark didn’t get the voicemail).
Later that day I received a phone call from the proud father. He said that he sent a text to my cell phone first, but then got my message to call me on Brian’s phone. Christie had done wonderfully during labor and the baby boy was healthy and beautiful. Awww, a boy! I had waited nine months to find that out. I was so ecstatic for them. Immediately after Mark and I got off the phone, I carried out my duties as phone chain messenger. There was so much excitement in the air that it wasn’t until hours later that I realized there could have been a real kink in the chain — Brian understood the importance of relaying any messages right away, why didn’t he contact me as soon as he had received the text from Mark?
So I called him to find out…
Me: I heard that Mark texted you. Why didn’t you call me?
Brian: Oh yeah. They had their baby. It’s a girl!
Me: A GIRL?! No it’s not! It’s a boy!
Brian: Wait a second. [Checks text message.] Oh yeah. It’s a boy.