>This post is dedicated to colleague X who loves me so much that they sent a text message wishing me a Happy New Year at midnight. Now, I like colleague X, but there is NO ONE I like enough to want a message from them at midnight. On any night. Ever. But, it brought to mind a more general thought. Being raised in the US, there is a hard and fast rule about calling people. Everybody knows it. And here it is.
Except in cases of a) emergency, b) family or friends close enough to be family, phone calls (and yes, this would include text messages) may be politely made between 9 am and 9 pm. Yep, that’s right. After 9 pm, you simply don’t call. When the phone rings after 9 pm, people typically assume the worst. Since living in Jordan, I routinely receive phone calls and text messages at 10 or 11 o’clock. Last night, the text message mentioned before was the second one, the first having come after 10. Since I charge my phone at night in our bedroom, the tune that plays when a message is delivered was quite loud. It’s a miracle that El 3atal didn’t wake. But, never fear, it seems Jordanians don’t sleep…
So I propose a new set of rules, phone etiquette if you will. Included amongst these is that phone calls should never be made after 9 o’clock. And, since I know this won’t happen, now you know. Unless you are a member of the Bean family or a friend so close that I would call you family (you know who you are), don’t call or text after 9pm. We’re sleeping and if we aren’t were busy relaxing… 😉
Happy rude awakenings!