A Timely Reminder


          Recently, for a variety of reasons, I needed to make several hotel reservations for later this year.  Family, work and a huge event in our destination city were converging to create the perfect storm of “reserve now or be out-of-luck”.  The 1-800 reservation number I called led me to a clearly out of the country, out-sourced business.   The reservation agent was cheerful, calm and thorough but English was not her first language and we struggled to understand each other for the first go-round of name, address, email, credit card number, confirmation number, etc., etc.

          By the time I was repeating the contact info for the third room, we were more comfortable with each other; I was thrilled to find the type of rooms wanted at an “early reservation” discount and she ventured a question- “Your family be with you?”  I replied, “Yes” and the flood gates were open.  “What a joy!  Wonderful, wonderful!  One cannot replace happy family time!” she gushed.  I was silent for a moment remembering the earlier pre-recorded standard message of “this conversation may be recorded for customer quality” and wondered if she could be penalized for straying from the designated script.  But it was true – “happy family time” was a perfect description for the needed reservations.  “Yes, it will be.”, I replied. And so we ended our conversation with the needed task completed and a reminder of its’ purpose.