When you say it to him, and others who are on the “inside” of your inside joke.
If you find it strenuous to pick up your phone and speak to your significant other in person, you need to stop and take a timeout. Sure, texting is convenient for certain situations, but we're humans – we talk. Our parents got married without ever sending a text message.Trust me, it's possible to make things work without emoji.Try not to let the call become regimented, with rules. Things will come up, and when they do, it’s best not to have a punishable situation after missing out on a call.For instance, try to avoid having “one call in the morning” and “one call at night” rules. Calling your significant other is intended to enhance the relationship between you and your girl, not detract from it.
This may sound like one huge chore, but I've been together with a few girls in my day, and from what I've learned, the girls I've actually liked – I've actually liked calling.
For the ones I didn't really click as much with, calling regularly was more annoying than trying to study next to Steve Stifler.