Telephonic Frustration

Dear Adlai,

I apologize in advance for the thousands of telephone conversations you will have in your lifetime that will go very similarly to the one I had with the doctor’s office this morning.


Receptionist: Hello, Dr. _____’s office.

Me: Hi, I’d like to make an appointment for my baby please.

Receptionist: Okay, what’s the name?

Me: Adlai Dwight.

Receptionist: Sorry?

Me: Adlai.  Dwight.

Receptionist: What’s the surname?

Me: Dwight.  D-w-i-g-h-t.

Receptionist: Oh, right, that’s the first name.  What’s the surname?

Me: No, that’s the surname.

Receptionist: Oh, okay.  What’s the first name?

Me: Adlai.

Receptionist: Adelaide?

Me (banging head on kitchen table):  Adlai.  A-d-l…


Author: Faith

Faith Dwight is a photographer and a writer. She is a Southern American girl living just north of London with her British husband, Simon and their two halfling sons.

11 thoughts

  1. I’m sure I’ve told you about the time the Dr called for ‘Lily Allen’ and when I corrected him he said ‘oh yes, that’s right Lily Allen is that man that dresses like a lady!’

  2. you couldn’t have been more clear… alas, she couldn’t have been more dim. (oooh look at me, assuming the receptionist is female, that’s a no-no)

    Adlai is a beautiful name.

  3. At least they didn’t try and correct you. I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has asked for Elisha’s name and then said ‘do you mean Alicia?’

    Even when I registered her birth they told me I’d spelled it wrong.

    No, I really did give my daughter a Hebrew boys name. Deal with it.

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