Confession: Our phone was disconnected recently because we didn’t pay our phone bill. And the phones have been in and out so much this winter and spring that we didn’t notice for several days. It wasn’t until I was sitting down at lunch thinking out loud: I wonder why the camp phone isn’t out… and Justin and Julia still have phone….. oh! I wonder how long it’s been since we paid our phone bill…. ha!
I’m probably not taking this seriously enough, because the whole thing makes me laugh. I didn’t think we were the kind of people who get our phone disconnected. As it turns out, though – we are. Between the two of us, we are: disorganized, spontaneous, forgetful… I could go on, but really that’s all it takes.
So… to keep this from happening again, I sat down with Roger and wrote out a list of which bills get paid automatically and which ones we pay online. He keeps that all in his head, but I’ve always gotten them mixed up. Now that I realize our phone bill won’t pay itself and that I don’t have to physically write out a check and put it in the mailbox…. when the bill comes, I can take care of it by myself. (Instead of waiting for Roger to show up so I can forget to ask him if he’s already taken care of that. That’s usually how it works.) In the future, I may have to take complete blame for something like this. That doesn’t sound so good.
I’m sure it all sounds simple to you, because you would never forget to pay your phone bill. But from the view inside my appalling brain (aren’t you happy you don’t live there?), knowing how to pay your own bills feels… empowering.