Sometimes overhearing someone else’s cell phone conversation can be annoying. Other times it can be life changing….

“…. hello, mom, it’s me… that call you got early this morning, that was me, I called back now so you wouldn’t worry. I was afraid you would worry all day who it was who called at that time so I am calling you back now to tell you it was me… I have this cell phone now, this is my cell phone number… I in a supermarket now, on my cell phone…

I said this is my cell phone, I have now. I don’t have that other number any more… Look, I called this morning because I was listening to my pastor on the radio, I have a radio church now, and he said to reach out to your momma and poppa and I felt God was talking to me so I called you…

I love you momma, and sorry if I’ve hurt you, but I want you to know i have God now and he is taking care of me and Titi, and we are doing ok.. I would not be the person I am now, Mom, if it wasn’t for you. I love you… Oh hi dad, its’ me… Remember that call earlier this morning. That was me.. No, you wouldn’t recognize the number, it’s my new cell phone.. Remember this number, I said it’s a cell phone… Yes, .. cell phone… I called this morning to tell you both I love you and that I know it’s been a long, long time since I’ve been in touch, but I forgot you wouldn’t answer because you didn’t know the number, so that’s why I called back now, to tell you it was me…

Hi, Mom, tell dad I love him too, so much… I know.. No, you need a valid id to open a bank account and I can’t get one… because you have to have a social security to get an ID and and ID to get a social security.. I don’t have either, and so, I can’t open an account…

Look, I’m working and I’m fine, got a place to stay and I’m taking care of Titi. and we are in the supermarket now, waiting to get cashed out, and God is so great, he is a blessing, and he has blessed our lives… We are going to church now.. I know you tried to make me go when I was growing up, I wished I’d listened because until I met God, nothing was going right.. But it’s going good right now.. I have a cell phone..

Yes, Dad, this is my cell phone number.. That’s why you didn’t recognize it.. I know, I know.. Look I’m going to try to come by sometime and see you, I can’t say when,.. but look, I’ll call you when I get home, and get everything situated… Right now I’m in the supermarket, waiting to get checked out… and I’ll have to hang up soon then anyway, so let me say good bye now, and I’ll call you back when I get home.. ok? I love you both so much… Goodbye, Mom.. Goodbye Dad…”

I’m almost sure as it was my turn to get rung in, and I tried to paint my usual happy face at checkout time, the clerk noticed the two tears in both corners of my eyes… I know, I know, there are those out there who think this exercise is pointless. But, then again, they don’t get America.

I was lucky to get reminded of what America is, on the this eve of the New Hampshire primary… We really, I mean really, have to do something this time….