'Connecting you now ...' Writing of the Week from SSOA emerging writers

Updated: Feb 7


I remember those words so clearly - 'Connecting you now' - as the operator tweaked a few knobs in some far land and your coins clunked into the box. And those waiting in the queue outside sighed relief to see you speaking at long last!

‘Hallo, hallo!’ - as you get the tone right and recognise a particular family member’s voice. ‘How are you?’ repeated five times and not really answered. ‘What time is it there?’ asked, and the multiple vagaries of the weather discussed. The important words remain unsaid - 'We worry about you', or 'We miss you'. Back in 1990, there was no coming home willy nilly from Australia for a holiday.