Amazing how quickly things become quaint these days. Going through my old old documents folder I found this list from the days when kids didn't all have all cell phones and there was such a thing as a busy signal:
PHONE RULES FOR KIDS
The phone belongs to the people who pay the phone bill. That is not you.
The phone is not a toy. It is a communication tool.
You are allowed to use our phones but it is a privilege not a right. (The difference is a right is something no one can take away from you.)
If you forget any messages for the people who own the phone your phone privileges will be cut off.
When Kim calls, give the phone to Rob unless she specifically states that she does not want to talk to Rob, she wants to talk to you.
Sometimes when we are out we need to communicate with you. We can’t do this if you are tying up the phone. Rob will call once. If it’s busy he’ll call again in five minutes. If it’s still he’ll call again in five minutes. If it’s still busy somebody better have a good explanation.
Lying is not a good explanation. If Rob calls for an hour and a half and it’s busy for an hour and a half you were not talking to your friend for “a coupla minutes.”