Today’s prompt: “Do they have a phone?”


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Phone Anyone?

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

It was back in the 1980’s and my teenage daughter and her son were out late at night and her car broke down. She didn’t have a cell phone back then and she was quite young. She took her toddler out of his car seat and started walking down the dark street looking for a house with a light on.

She found a house and wondered, “Do they have a phone?” Knocking on the door, they may have peeked out, but they wouldn’t open the door.

Onward until she found another lit house. They answered but refused to let her and the baby inside to make a phone call.

Back out on the dark road she went and finally she found a house that wouldn’t let her in, but they said there was a phone in their garage she could use.

I am so glad for cell phones nowadays. We hated that she was forced to walk down that dark road, late at night, lugging a 2-year-old. I understand people’s reticence to let her in just in case they were leading the way for an ambush, but when your children go through that you get so mad at people.



Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog



5 thoughts on “STORY STARTER CHALLENGE #22 – 3/24/19

        1. Tessa Post author

          Thanks! It is harder to do that nowadays as you simply don’t know who or what people are, but my daughter was determined so we would stop. Even if all she could offer was some support especially if it was a woman alone or children.

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