The phone rings, the answering machine clicks on and I hear a man’s voice:
“Hello bunny (perhaps honey?), I’m heading to New York now. Just leaving New Haven”.
I picked up & said: “hello, I think you’re leaving a message for the wrong wife”.
There was laughter as I mentioned that my manservant was traveling from San Jose today & we imagined him leaving a message for this guy’s wife.
It was a strange little mix-up.
Later I thought how lucky it was that I was home to pick up the phone – wouldn’t it be awful if something happened to that man and his last message was left with a stranger. Though I’d never know if something happened to a stranger leaving a message at a random number, his wife might always wonder why he hadn’t called on his way home.