After moving from Illinois to Maryland...I realize that one of my friends is quite a yapper on the telephone. If she were a bit happier, it might make our conversations more bearable, but she is quite a sad sort. What should I do to make our conversations shorter and happier? My cheery disposition and "I've got to go" just do not seem to work.
Sadly, I'm not the only friend who feels this way and not only on the phone. Sometimes the silence between sentences is appealing.
Help please, Phone Phriend
Dear Phone Phriend,
It seems to me that your friend misses you a great deal now that you are separated and she feels closer to you when she hears your voice. If she has a serious problem you would be glad to help her resolve it, but just to call and say nothing is just a waste of time.
Now that you are in a new place you have lots to do but you certainly want to hear what cheerful things she has to tell you -- where did she go - the movies she has seen - read any new books - whom has she seen since you two have been separated.
No mood or gloom. Cheer up.
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