Today, at the beginning of one of my classes, my students had an oral quiz.
For oral quizzes, they always have to call the same phone number, which is a Google Voice number I chose years ago for this express purpose.
These students had used the Google Voice number before, and most of them just have it saved in their phones, since we use it every time.
A few students, however, did not have it saved today, and so asked for me to write the number on the board.
I think about it for a minute, and then write out the number, somewhat confidently and totally surprised – I always have to look it up constantly at the beginning of the school year, and I hadn’t realized that I had re-memorized it again already…, but go, me!
Within thirty seconds, a few students are telling me something…
‘Is that number right?’
‘I think so,’ I reply, ‘but I can check.’
And so I pull out my own phone to go log in and check the number, which is what I usually do in the first place, so it’s no biggie to me.
‘I don’t think that’s the right number,’ others tell me, a sense of assuredness in their voices.
‘Oh, really…?’ I consider…
Suddenly, it hits me: “Oh!… That’s my best friend’s number!” I declare, quickly erasing the number from the board.
Laughing, I put up the correct number, and I marvel at how similar the two are – extremely similar, with just the middle numbers swapped with the end ones.
I shake my head, and I wonder if anyone had already been in the process of leaving a message….!oops
Guess it would be good to give her a heads up… or, perhaps, it would be more fun to leave her with a voicemail of someone praying in French… 😛
After all, that’s what friends are for, right? 😉