Podcast #129 Help is on the Way

Published in the category General Practice, Humor

Lesson Exercises

Kim heard the phone ring. She sprang to answer it.

“Darling, How are you?”

“Oh, Mother,” Kim said crying, “I’m having a bad day. The baby won’t eat. The washing machine won’t work. I’ve sprained my ankle and I’m limping around. On top of all this, the house is a mess and I’m having guests for dinner tonight. I haven’t even gone shopping yet.”

The caller was very sympathetic. “Darling, let me handle everything. Sit down. Relax. I’ll be over in half an hour. I’ll do your shopping. I’ll tidy up the house. I’ll cook your dinner. I’ll feed the baby. I’ll call someone to fix the washing machine. Now stop crying. I’ll even call David at work. I’ll tell him to come home early.

“David?” said Kim. “Who’s David?”

“Why, David ‘s your husband.”

“But I don’t have a husband.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. I guess I dialed the wrong number.”

There was a short pause. Then Kim said, “Does this mean you’re not coming over?”

 

Kim heard the phone ring.
Kim heard the phone ringing.

She sprang to answer it.
She rushed over to answer it.

Darling, how are you?
Sweetheart, how are you?

Oh, Mother!
Oh, Mom!

I’m having a bad day.
I’m having it bad today.

The baby won’t eat.
The baby isn’t eating.

The washing machine won’t work.
The washing machine won’t start.

I’ve sprained my ankle.
I’ve got a sprain in my ankle.

I’m limping around.
It’s painful to walk.

On top of all this…
In addition to all this…

the house is a mess…
the house isn’t cleaned up…

and I’m having guests for dinner tonight.
and I’m having dinner guests tonight.

I haven’t even gone shopping yet.
The shopping’s not even done.

The caller was very sympathetic.
The caller was very empathetic.

Darling, let me handle everything.
Darling, let me take care of everything.

Sit down.
Sit yourself down.

Relax.
Chill out.

I’ll be over in half an hour.
I’ll be at your place in 30 minutes.

I’ll do your shopping.
I’ll take care of your shopping.

I’ll tidy up the house.
I’ll tidy the house up.

I’ll cook your dinner.
I’ll prepare dinner.

I’ll feed the baby.
I’ll get the baby to eat.

I’ll call someone to fix the washing machine.
I’ll call a repairman for the washing machine.

Now stop crying.
Now stop your crying.

I’ll even call David at work.
I’ll even give David a call at work.

I’ll tell him to come home early.
I’ll tell him to get home early.

“David?” said Kim.

Who’s David?

Why, David ‘s your husband.
You know, your husband David.

But I don’t have a husband.
But I’m a single mother.

Oh, I’m sorry.
Oh, I’m so sorry.

I guess I dialed the wrong number.
I guess I got the wrong number.

There was a short pause.
Complete silence.

Then Kim said,

Does this mean you’re not coming over?
Does this mean you’re not coming?

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