Family really matters to me, but I’m not always able to answer my phone.
I often get accused of “intentionally” not answering phone calls from family members. Not true: I am happy to speak to anyone in my family. It’s the rest of the world I don’t want to answer to.
My defenses are pretty simple. I don’t hear the call. I can’t reach my phone. The ringer is off because I don’t want my phone disturbing others. I’m in no mood to even see who’s calling me now.
It’s never the case that I don’t want to connect with family.
I use the Ellu paging feature so my family can connect with me when they need to. With a simple touch on the app, my family can page me, sending a not-to-be-missed signal straight to me. I don’t miss my Ellu band vibrating on my wrist, so I no longer miss my family calling me.
So, give Dad a break–unless he ignores his vibrating Ellu wrist band. Because that would be intentional.