In June of this year, I was trimming the bushes by the garage with the garage door open and the phone rang. I had removed the old rotary phone from the garage to put it in inside the house in the upstairs hall when the old one there had broke.
I stood next to the shelf, staring at the telephone wire, hearing the absent old phone ring its ancient clang. It wasn’t physically possible what I was experiencing. Focused and straining to listen, I tried to place the sound. It seemed to be coming from the connector box but there’s no bell in that little box and certainly not a ringer that sounds like a rotary phone.
Was the ringing leftover energy? Does the beginning have no end? Is old dead Tom the previous owner who installed the line giving me a call? How do I answer?