The sweetest words I heard today came from a robot.
"No one is available to take your call. Please leave a message after the beep." I was calling Christine to let her know that I'd be a little late getting off from work and then I'd be swinging by REI to pick up some candle lanterns and do some Christmas shopping. She'd said she'd call me if and when our power came back, but she'd probably ventured off to somewhere with warmth and light. But she didn't need to tell me. The robot told me. Our phone machine has power. We have power.
But I'm still picking up some candle lanterns on my way home.