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Baiting the telephone hook

Unless he answers the telephone, Trey Buckingham is one tough little bird to lure into a long-distance conversation.

So, we are creative to get our grandson who lives in Savannah, Ga., to have a conversation.

"Tom Tom's on the telephone, Trey. Do you want to talk to him?" his mother asks.

The answer comes back as an emphatic "no." So we try again.

"But Tom Tom wants to talk to you," she tells her 3 1/3- year-old.

The answer comes back the same "no."

Once I lured him into a conversation went I fibbed and said I caught a blue fish.

His mom relayed the information, and Trey wanted to know if it had spots.

"You will have to ask Tom Tom yourself," she said.

He has a blue fish in his tank at home whose name is Bruce and who has spots.

Taking the phone, he wondered if the fish I caught might be Bruce's sibling, and he wanted to know if I kept the fish.

It was a good conversation but using the blue fish tale was a lure for one chat. It didn't work a second time.

So, last week we went through the same routine. No, he didn't want to talk to Tom Tom. Then I mentioned the half-grown rabbit living in our backyard.

Trey was captured. He wanted to know its color, if it hopped and if it ate the carrots in my garden. Most importantly, he wanted to know if he could catch it.

He was intrigued that the rabbit stays inside the fence to keep away from dogs and that it and the ground squirrel scamper playfully around the yard.

But his thoughts came back to catching the rabbit. How fast does it hop? Does it look like the Easter Bunny?

"Why don't you come visit me, and we will try to catch the rabbit," I asked.

He thought that was a good idea and will bring his pint-sized butterfly net with which he plans to scoop up the rabbit.

That should be fun.

Tom Wright Tom Wright
DAILY Executive Editor

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