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February 13, 2006



Wow. I don't have that kind of relationship with my mom. And my parents have been divorced for more than 20 years. But wow. I can imagine the lump in my own throat if I was in your place and heard that answering machine message. Wow.


That turning French into English phonetics is, as far as I can tell, purely an Illinoisian thing. (is Illinoisian even a word!!) I've never understood it, and the PRIDE in being contrary...


Well, it goes both ways sweetie. Whenever I have a message from one of you kids on the answering machine, my heart takes a little dip...and I'm secretly sorry I wasn't in to get it. Of course, that's quickly remedied with a quick call back and...everything is right with the world. It appears that Dad was a better back-up plan than I ever realized. -xo

Steve Sherlock

yes, Jory, it is the little things that make life so interesting. They're there, then they're not like a double take is needed to confirm that, yes, I am where I thought I was, now what was I doing?
Keep breathing!

Troy Worman

I like Steve's advice. You know, he is a sage old dude. Keep breathing!

By the way, I would ask you to be my Valentine, but I already asked your mom.

Phil Gerbyshak

Jory, this sure is deep. Thank you for sharing your heart. It's a good one! And thanks to your mom for being the inspiration for such a heartfelt post.


My all time favorite answering machine message was one of my dad's "State your business." He's gone now too.

I'm visiting via One Woman's World Blog Award list.


Hi Jory!

I found you via BlogHer. I was either in your year or one year ahead at U of I... and when I have thought of you since, I always used the French pronounciation in my head.

And now I can't remember how we actually spoke your name at school. Oops.

Lovely post.


maybe it depends on where in canada. i totally say it properly. in my head anyhow. :-)


Hi Jory! Our laptop died a month ago and I was without a computer all that time...ACK! Just getting caught up on all the posts I've missed. I must admit that I've wondered how you pronounced your last name, because when I read it, I pronounce it the French way...but growing up we had family friends in my hometown with your last name, but it was all one word (Desjardins) and they pronounced it the Midwestern way (even though they lived on the California coast.) :) Glad to hear your Mom's been getting out (I was by her blog right before I came here). What throws me off when I call MY mother is when she doesn't bother to change the pre-recorded message on her answering machines (it's happened several times over the years)...it always throws me off when I hear THAT GUY talking in that automated monotone.


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