There have been many, many stories about inappropriate cell phone usage. They range from the inconsiderate to the tacky to the down right rude. I’m not sure what category this falls in.

Imagine the scene, a wake for a young mother who lost a courageous battle with cancer. Open casket, with her husband and young son standing to the right, while the receiving line formed to the left. I was five people from the casket, getting ready to pay my respects and trying to think of something meaningful to say the young boy who lost his mother.

Next thing I know, the women in front of me reaches into her pocket and puts her cell phone up to her ear. She had the phone on vibrate, but answered it anyway! This was not some nitwit teenage girl. This was a 60-year old woman. She whispered into the phone for what seemed like 5 minutes, but was probably closer to 20 seconds. I was astonished. I muttered to her, “Put that phone down” but I’m not sure if she heard me. When she hung up, she turned to look at me, and I gave her the nastiest sneer I possibly could and turned my back to her. I would have LOVED to have said a whole lot more, BUT I WAS FIVE FEET FROM THE OPEN CASKET!

I have never in my life seen such a rude, selfish, dishonorable act by an adult. It was truly despicable. I would not believe a story like this if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.