The phone woke Kim up. She answered the call almost immediately, after the ___THIRD___ beep, because she was expecting her mother to call. But it wasn’t her. The voice on the other end of the line sounded familiar but Kim ___COULD_NOT___ remember who it belonged to.
“Hello,” the lady said. “Can I speak to Mrs. Len?”
“I’m sorry but she’s not at home. She’s out. She ___IS_WALKING___ in the park.”
It was very cold out-of-doors and everything ___WAS_COVERED___ in snow but Kim’s mother walked in all weathers. She believed that it ___HELPED___ her keep fit and gave her extra energy. She actually looked younger than other ___WOMEN___ of her age and that was probably because of her walking.
“Can I take a message?” Kim asked politely.
“No. I ___WILL_CALL___ her later. When is she going to be back?”
“She normally ___COMES___ home at five.”
“Fine,” came the answer and the phone went dead.
Kim felt a bit hurt. “It’s not polite to break off a conversation like that,” she thought to herself. If I ___WERE___ older, I would explain to that lady how to talk to people politely.”