Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I share a first name (though I use a different spelling) with a popular advice columnist, which you know if you follow me on Twitter or email me about your kid with Sotos or whatever. Anyway, I have a professional website that plays on the advice/problem solver theme. In fact, it says flat out, "Let me solve your problems." It goes on to explain that I am a writer who delivers content solutions, and it invites potential clients to call me on my cell phone.

Today, my cell phone rang. I answered. The voice on the other end -- a teenage girl -- said, "I was just at your web site and it says to call if you have a problem." I was in the middle of something, so I was a little bit slow to respond, and I said, "What website are you talking about?"

She told me, and I instantly realized what had happened. "Well," I said, "you actually want the advice columnist. I'm a writer." But as those words came out of my mouth, my brain caught up, and I rushed to say, "But maybe I can help. What's wrong?" Because she was CRYING. And all I could think was, A CHILD NEEDS HELP.

And she said, "I changed my mind, I don't want to talk about it."

I said, "Are you sure?"

And she said, "Yes, I'm sorry I bothered you," and hung up.

I was terrified. TERRIFIED. I googled the number and plugged it into a reverse phone directory and got nothing. I called my brother, who had no advice. I went to Mr. WG, who also had no advice. And I was distraught.

Fortunately, my friend who is a psychologist came over for dinner tonight. I told her the whole story, and asked what to do, and she came up with a BRILLIANT solution.

Moments later, I texted the girl: "I know I'm not the person you were trying to reach, but I am a mom of 5 kids, and if you need help, I can help you find someone who can help you."

Mercifully, she texted back, "Okay thanks I called a help line and talked to them today"


We exchanged another set of texts, and my heart rate may return to normal later this evening.


Teej said...

Oh my god. Bless your heart, over and over.

Mara said...

You are such a good person, WG. Such a good person.

moplans said...

The world needs more people like you WG. well done.