After getting frustrated going through my clip art collection looking for two people whose facial expressions actually matched this conversation topic, I finally settled on this one.

The inspiration for this strip was in fact not either of my parents, but a former boss who would always answer his phone by gingerly picking it from his pocket and reverently opening it up to answer the call, with a look of absolute wonder on his face.  This seemed completely at odds with his otherwise lead-follow-or-get-out-of-the-way personality, but casual conversations and intense screaming matches alike would be abandoned at the signal from the miracle device.  This stuck with me for some reason, and now I’ve finally came up with a punchline.