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5 Stages Of Call Waiting Emotion

Though most would never admit it, we have all had those times when we are waiting on the edge of our seat for a call. Whether it be from a family member, co-worker, friend, or lover we all know the feelings that come with the event. Here, I will outline the 5 major emotional states most people fall into in these situations.


I know they'll call...

I know they'll call...

This is maybe 5 minutes before, and 10 minutes after, the person was supposed to call you. You are usually able to block out this part with side activities like reading, writing, or watching TV. Things aren’t so bad here, you’re just a bit edgy, knowing that at any moment your intended contact will be picking up their phone and calling…you hope.


It’s been about 15-30 minutes since your “comrade” was suppose to call. You start to wonder if they forgot you, if they maybe thought they had better things to do with their time. Paranoia also sets in here: “Maybe Alice decided to dump me and is ignoring me!” Here is also where your mind starts to play tricks on you. Out of the corner of your eye you see your cell light up and darken as you look at it, convincing you that they had called, and you didn’t hear! But no matter what, you don’t call them. You can’t, because then they would know that you were desperate for contact, and that’s just not cool.

You don't think they forgot me, do you?

You don't think they forgot me, do you?


Now comes the part that everyone remembers best, the sheer gut-wrenching anger. It’s been 45 minutes, and how dare they decide not to call you! Who are they to do this to you? They made a promise, and they had better keep up their end. You need to talk to them, it’s important! If, heaven forbid, someone other than the intended were to ring you up at this moment, they would be subject to a fury hitherto unknown by mankind. Needless to say, at this point you are at a very bitter stage.

How dare they!

How dare they!


Anger doesn’t last long though, in about 50 minutes it soon gives way to that evil plotter inside us all. You know who I’m talking about: that little devil on your shoulder, telling you all the nasty things you should let loose on this fool who dares to meddle with your emotional state! But how, they aren’t calling. No matter, you will call them! You have convinced yourself it is no longer a matter of wanting to talk to them; it is now about needing some vengeance on their souls. Threats abound in your mind, saying how you will tell them of, how you will ignore them from here till the end of eternity. You also imagine their pleading responses for forgiveness.

They shall pay.

They shall pay.


It’s been an hour, and you simply don’t care anymore. You have resigned yourself to a day without contact from this person. Sure, you have all your hate speeches ready, but you are fatigued and (if it’s night) ready to sleep. Sitting with your hands holding your head just high enough to see the star trek on the screen while you drift into mindlessness. It is now that your caller will make their cellular appearance with a half plausible reason for not calling sooner, and you accept it. Because you’re just happy they called.

Whatever, I don't care....

Whatever, I don't care....

-Trenton Stahl

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