"Who would have known that a wrong number would have created such an amazing friendship?"

By Meghan Overdeep
April 24, 2019

Callie Hall got the first call in October of 2017. It was a number she didn't recognize, so she let it go to voicemail. Like many of us, she figured if it was important, she could just call them back.

The voicemail she got that day, though important, wasn't for her. The message was from a woman named Grandmamma Margaret who was calling to speak with her grandson, Barry. Hall called her back to let her know she had the wrong number, but Grandmamma Margaret kept calling.

"She called about once every two weeks to check in on Barry—whether he needed his pants hemmed or anything else he may need," Hall recounted in a story for Love What Matters. "I would call her back each time to let her know it was still me, and we would chat a little each time."

Things continued that way until December 19, 2017, when Grandmamma Margaret called Hall for the last time thinking she was Barry. She called to wish him happy birthday, and Hall once again explained that she had the wrong number.

"Well, five days later Grandmamma Margaret called again, but this time the voicemail she left said, ‘Merry Christmas, Callie! I figured out Barry's number. Thank you for being my friend. Love you, later,'" Hall recalled.

"Ever since that phone call, we have continued a friendship," she continued. "Every time she would call, I intentionally wouldn't answer because I wanted the voicemail to listen to later when I needed some cheering up. I would always call her right back, but I just needed the voicemails to be able to listen to whenever I needed to smile."

Hall, who had recently learned that her parents were getting divorced, was going through a difficult time when Grandmamma Margaret started calling. "Even though the first several months she was calling for Barry, it brought me joy to see that number come up on the phone because the amount of love and joy she had, always made me so happy," she said.

So, when it became clear that Grandmamma Margaret finally got a handle on Barry's actual phone number, Hall became nervous that the phone calls that brought her so much joy would stop.

Well, that didn't happen. About a week later, Grandmamma Margaret called just to tell her to have a good day.

"The smile on my face went from ear to ear!" Hall said.

And so, the two unlikely friends began calling each other and talking for five minutes or so each a week, just to check in on each other. And then, about a month ago, Grandmamma Margaret called with an invitation.

"Hi Callie, I was just calling to say have a blessed day and to see if you wanted to come and see me soon. Love you, later."

On March 2nd, Hall and her mother drove from Columbia, South Carolina, to visit Grandmamma Margaret. They picked her up at her home and took her out for lunch. Grandmamma Margaret, it turns out, was just as lovely in person.

"I am beyond blessed this sweet lady called the wrong number," Hall concluded. "Who would have known that a wrong number would have created such an amazing friendship? Grandmamma Margaret is not only a friend, but she is now family."

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