I’ve listened to their spiels. I’ve donated to appropriate causes. But they just keep coming. It’s obvious we need to get tough here and try something else. Witness the scene tonight:
Dad: Let’s see, “Out of Area, Unknown Caller.” Yep, this one’s for you, Bear.
Bear (face showing obvious excitement as she answers the phone): Hello!
(Caller is taken aback by child’s voice, then mumbles something)
Caller: Can I speak with your mother please?
(Caller is silent)
Bear: We’re just making Puppy Chot! (her pronunciation of “Puppy Chow”, a delicious little cereal snack you may be familiar with).
(Caller again is silent)
Bear: Here, do you wanna talk to Bean? (Holding phone in the air) Say hi, Bean! Say hi!
Bean: Hi! Hi! Hi!
How great is this? Bear can practice the call-answering skills she is so eager to implement while simultaneously dealing with the telemarketing problem in a way that is hilariously entertaining to Mom and Dad. Love it!