Just Let It Ring Once

We bounced up the front stairs to our house on the afternoon of November 3, 1997 – just like coming home from Springville any other time. Not sure who it was that said it, or if it was even actually said. We may have all just looked at each other and admitted to thinking the same thing at the same time.

Back in the day, before our addiction to cell phones, we hadn’t pulled in the driveway (Delta or Tremonton) before the kids were hollering out, speaking to be the one to call Grandma G and ‘let it ring once’.

That was our tricky little code to avoid long distance charges but, at the same time, let her know we were home, safe and sound.

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Mom always answered the phone {whether or not she ended up in the bathroom before the conversation was over}; was willing to listen to all the silly, menial, mundane, pointless little events and peeves in my life I felt the need to tell her about; gave me a good laugh {as she described that she was currently lying on her back, in her chair with both of her feet in the air}; and had new ideas and ways for me to look at my current issues. I probably talked to her more often than I should have but, what the heck, she had me on a guilt trip from the time I was old enough to promise I would never leave her alone until I was 65!

The tradition of  ‘letting it ring once’ is a little difficult to keep going thanks to modern technology. Texting works pretty good, though.

I’ve always felt like I was in contact with my Heavenly Father multiple times through the day. I just talk to Him in my head and review things that are happening and share fears and anxieties and ask Him to help me carry the heavy issues. He’s never let me down – always answers. However, I think I probably do a lot of ‘letting it ring once’. Maybe more than I should.

It’s easier to ‘touch base’, ‘check in’, or ‘let it ring once’ than to take the time to get into a deep conversation. But the times I get into the deep conversations, and take the time to listen for His advice and responses, I feel much more peaceful and reassured that He really is aware of me and where I’m at in this journey of mine.

And it’s always good to check in and let Him know I’ve made it home.

And tell Him thanks.

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