From Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul

Calling Long Distance

If we all discovered that we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to tell them that they loved them.

Christopher Morley

I read about a man who called his wife from an airport pay phone. When he had used up all his coins, the operator interrupted to say he had one minute left. The man hurriedly tried to finish his conversation with his wife, but before they could tell each other good-bye, the line went dead. With a sigh, the man hung up the phone and started to leave the little telephone cubicle. Just then the phone rang. Thinking it was the operator wanting more money, the man almost didn’t answer. But something told him to pick up the phone. Sure enough, it was the operator. But she didn’t want more money. Instead she had a message for him.

“After you hung up, your wife said she loved you,” the operator said. “I thought you’d want to know.”

Barbara Johnson

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