posted on Dec, 23 2018 @ 10:16 AM
This is a Christmas Story. Back in the day, I had a second phone line installed at my home for my fax machine. For some reason, a Non-profit group
published that number as one to contact an involved member, a woman. When I'd hear the fax ring, I'd check to see if the call was local, because I
hated people getting the sound of the fax machine plus I wanted to let them know that it was the wrong number. I had discovered the correct number, a
simple number transposition and would advise them of the number to call. One fellow, calling his mom, argued with me that he dialed correctly!
It was the day before Christmas when the fax line rang with a local number. I answered and a soft spoken man wanted to talk to the woman. While I
usually gave them her correct number, however, there was something in his voice that kept me talking to him. We talked about the great area that we
live in and I mentioned the town I lived it. His daughter lived in that town. I mentioned the area of town, and well, his daughter lived in that area.
I ventured to tell him the street I lived on, and his daughter lived on that very street. Turns out, she lived next door to me!
I kept talking and we both marveled at the coincidence of being connected this way. I invited him for coffee and wanted to meet him, which he agreed
to do. It was great to see him when we did meet.
Turns out, he had lost his wife that year and was calling the other woman to say goodbye, he was going to kill himself that evening, to never face
another Christmas alone and confessed this while on that fateful phone call. However, he said the coincidence was too much of a miracle for him to
ignore and my words and kindness to a stranger on the phone brightened his day enough for him to gain the courage to face living.
I had volunteered on a suicide and crisis hotline decades ago and had recognized that sound of despair in his life. The sound that it didn't matter
any more and that he was at peace with his coming death. Instead, he lived for years, finding more friends and watching his grand kids grow up. It
certainly made that Christmas brighter to know a few words to a wrong number saved a life!