Recently we received a call from someone wanting to “help” us. The caller said our credit card was in trouble because we had overspent and the bill was past due. I pushed “off” on the phone and dialed the credit card company immediately. The lady who answered asked if I happened to be elderly. She assured me being 90 met the requirements and continued to say she had done nothing all day except talk with older people. Somehow she thought names and phone numbers of elderly people may have been sold to an outfit that is out to take advantage.

Do you receive unwanted, unappreciated phone calls? When we’re home and note on caller I.D. that the callers are anonymous, unknown, unlisted, invalid, unavailable, or toll free, we don’t answer. If the annoying ringing continues, we pick up the receiver long enough to stop the ringing. That has changed a bit in the last few weeks. Many times that anonymous caller is someone from our doctors’ offices. Now I check to see if the area code matches those of our doctors.

Back in the days when I answered before checking on the caller, a boy enthusiastically greeted me with, “Hi, grandma! How are you doing?” Because it was Sunday afternoon, I decided to spend time to teach him a lesson. We carried on a nice conversation until he started asking questions that were none of his business. That’s when he learned we had two granddaughters and no grandsons. He hung up immediately. Fortunately, no other “grandsons” have attempted to reach us.

A call informed us we would need new social security cards because our numbers were being used by someone else. Since we knew that had to have been a false threat, there was no concern. When the driver’s licenses no longer had the social security number, we were told to put those cards in a safe place and discontinue carrying them in a purse or wallet. Wherever those cards are now, they are so safe they cannot be found by anyone -- even by family members who have searched for them for hours.

When my husband received his new driver’s license without a star in the upper right hand corner, I suggested he obtain one that did. He said he had no plans to enter a federal building and would never need it. With the way life is changing these days, I decided he might have to have a driver’s license with a star, a birth certificate, and a social security card just to enter the county courthouse. That’s when the attempt to renew his driver’s license with a star became a challenge that was never anticipated.

After three trips to the bank to find the necessities in the bank box, that didn’t solve the problem. He finally met the requirements for his license by taking the stub from his original social security card, birth certificate, copy of last year’s taxes, and mailings from social security that had been received within the last year. Now he has a star that hopefully will never be needed.