Patience may be a Virtue, but we all have our Limits

If you follow Homeschool on the Croft on Facebook, you'll already know that I spent 46 (yes, that's forty-six) minutes on a freephone number today, just waiting to be answered. Forty-six minutes of constant ringing, the sound of which was broken only by a woman's recorded voice which said:

"Thank you for your patience. We promise to answer you as soon as possible."

Patience, did you say? Patience?!!

I think not. 

Not even a Vivaldi's Season to pass the time. Nothing, but, 'Thank you for your.....'.

When my call was finally answered, I was so busy doing something else, and had become so accustomed to the permanent ringing and repetitive Thank-you-for-... message, that I hadn't a clue what to say to this woman who said, 

'Hello, may I help you?'

May I help you?  

'Er,' I think to myself, intelligently ...

'Get yourself together, woman,' I think sternly ... 

'Sort out your thoughts,' I tell myself, whilst sorting out the papers on my lap.

The least these companies could do is give you some kind of four-minute warning. Something like, 

'Thank you for your patience. We know you have now been waiting for 42 minutes, and we realise that your brain will have reached a slumbering stage. Please begin the process of wakening up. We will alert you again in 2 minutes, at which stage you ought to gather together all papers relevant to this call. This will allow some coherence when we do finally persuade our staff to finish their coffee and natter, to come off Facebook, and answer your call. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.'


  1. Wow, I would definitely have put the phone down by that point, so you certainly have more patience than me!

  2. hee hee, that so sounds like me! ;)

  3. Wow! That sounds so...humph! I am mad right along with you. I hope you got what ever it is sorted out.

  4. That would be an AWESOME feature to add!
    I've never waited 46 minutes, but my brain goes into slumber mode after about 4. I think you MUST have patience ;-)

  5. Too funny! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who can't remember why she called after waiting and waiting and waiting for the call to be answered!


  6. Hahaaaaaaaaa,gasp,hahahaahaaaaaaaaa!

  7. Oh no - I don't think I would have had the patience - especially with it ringing the whole time. I absolutely hate waiting on the phone - sometimes I'll put it on speaker phone & do something else in the same room, but it inevitably answered just as you're balancing ten things or something like that :0
    Hope you are keeping well & have a wonderful day


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