There is no way this ‘elderly lady’ is going to be buying anything on the telephone. Which means I need to have developed coping strategies.
I have three:
Sometimes I just take the phone outside and leave it in the garden. I pick it up later.
Sometimes I blow a very loud whistle I happen to possess in close proximity to the phone.
Or if I am feeling particularly sadistic I play along – confusedly dim. Until they want money when I sweetly say my son has power of attorney and he will call them when he is finished in court…
It’s amazing how quickly you get removed from their ‘to ring’ list!
You can now have a collection of Granny’s inimitable insights of your very own in Granny Knows Best.
We older women are far cleverer than they realize. We’ve been around too many times to fall for nonsense, we no longer expect something for nothing (if we ever were very pretty and did), and we can be soft over steel without the slightest qualms.
Embrace your Inner Granny, even if the kids haven’t reproduced yet!