Today I received a phone call at home from my friend, Sarah. We’re really good friends but I rarely see her because she’s attending school out of town. She called to asked me where she could buy New Years tickets for the big event my friends and I are gracing with our presences, and I asked how she tracked down my home number.

It was easy, apparently. She knew my last name. She looked it up in the phone book, and found only four or five Walsh’s listed. She figured she’d try them all, so she called the first one, Lance. He happens to be my uncle who lives across the road from me, although I rarely ever talk with that family.

She asked if Candice were there. My aunt replied, “Sorry, you have the wrong number.” Then she called out to my uncle, “What’s Wince’s number?” My father.

Just like that, she tracked me down.

Ah, the joys of small town Newfoundland.

Plus this scene from the local watering hole: four of my cousins, from different sides of my family, lined up for shots at the bar. Relations are a beautiful thing.


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5 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children who believe all around the world. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

    ~Happy Christmas and Merry New Year from our family to you and yours

  2. maggie says:

    hahah, that’s awesome. That would not happen if one of my school friends tried to track me down at my dad’s… there’s 6 pages of “brown”s in the ottawa phone book ;P

  3. Meri says:

    What a cool site you have here!
    I love your small town story :) I’m living in a city now (Minneapolis) but seeing as it’s a midwestern city it often has a small town vibe!

  4. Teacher Girl says:

    That is too funny! I would never have thought to use a phonebook. This town is way too big.

  5. Candice says:

    Hehe, I really thought there’d be more Walsh’s in the phonebook too, it’s a pretty common name in my area!

    Merry Christmas, Kate!

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