Friday, December 23, 2011

The Phantom Phone

By Heather Webber / Heather Blake

I’m having an issue.

I call it “phantom phone.”

I’ll be sound asleep and I hear it. The phantom phone—the sound of a text message coming in on my cell phone.

I get out of bed, trundle downstairs, and check the message.

Nothing. No message.

So I started keeping the phone on my nightstand. I can just reach over and check to see if I’m losing my mind instead of stumbling around in the dark looking for my sanity.

It’ll be days, sometimes a week if I’m lucky, without a phantom message. But just when I think I’m done with them, the phone will blurt its chirpy little text message sound in the dead of night.

I’m beginning to think the universe is trying to tell me something. But what? And why won’t it write something? Why just make the noise? Is it just trying to keep me awake at night?

Of course I’m the only one who hears the phantom phone. So what does that mean? Is the phantom message only for me? Ugh.

Have I completely lost my mind??? I’m certainly beginning to think so. Do any of you hear strange things no one else hears?


PS: Wishing everyone very happy holidays. We’ll be celebrating Christmas here, and I’m happy to say (despite the sleep deprivation of the phantom phone) that almost everything has been bought and wrapped. Am planning to relax and enjoy the holiday. Ahhh.


Sarah said...

Same here. Always thought I was the only one... :-D

Heather Blake Webber said...

Sarah, I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that. LOL. I'm still trying to figure out what it means, though. Are we subconsciously waiting for a message???? LOL.

Nikki said...

I hear it as well Heather! You aren't crazy. :-)

Aimee said...

I hear music that isn't there. It happened once that my husband left the radio on the in garage and the sound carried, faintly, through the attic crawlspace area to our bedroom. In the quiet of the night I could hear the music and he could not. I sent him to investigate and, sure enough, radio on. He turned it off and came to bed. That was 6 years ago. Some nights I still hear it and go to check but no radio. Just my mind playing tricks on me.

Katreader said...

I get the phantom alarm clock, I wake up swearing I hear the music (my alarm is set to the radio), but nope, nothing!

The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

I hear the phantom cat meows. I have two cats and sometimes I think I can hear them wanting to go out and when I get up they are sound asleep!!!

Julie Hyzy said...

Oh my gosh! It isn't just me! I hear phantom texts all the time. I've been keeping my phone nearby ... just in case it's one of the kids, y'know... and I jump out of bed to check texts at two in the morning only to discover that I imagined the noise. I'm so happy to hear it I'm not the only one. Whew!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Nikki, so glad I'm not alone! The crazy part is still debatable. :)

Aimee, phantom music. Love it!

Kat, who knew there were so many phantoms around. I feel MUCH better.

Bella, wow! Our brains are weird things, aren't they?

Julie, you're not alone! And I have wondered if it's a mom of teenager/older children thing... As if we're waiting for that text or something. Strange!

Barbara said...

And here Scrooge thought he had a bad night!! :D

Aurian said...

I am so glad I don't hear the phone. But I do hear other sounds in the dead of night, someone coming home (and it is just not so!).