I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a good listener. If I’m in the middle of doing something . . especially like reading instructions and trying to comprehend what I’m reading, or even concentrating on getting a multi-stitch knitting design done, or finishing my thought while writing a blog post, Vince will start talking and I totally don’t hear what he’s saying. Years ago, he would get offended and quite vocal that I wasn’t paying any attention to him. No! I’m not! Can’t you see I’m busy! I never said that but I always thought it.
These days, I can usually just raise my eyebrows or clear my throat in a sarcastic way and he gets it — I’m busy; I’m not listening; I’ll talk to you when I’m finish what I’m doing . . which is usually about 10 seconds.
This morning I was reading through my email and saw a Sam’s ad . .
Me: Sam’s is having a big sale on November 9. A Samsun fridge – $750 off. Remember when fridges didn’t even cost $750? Oh, and $200 of a king size mattress. We should get a new mattress. I’ll be it will be a zoo in there that day, don’t you think?
Me: What did I just say?
Vince: You said it will be a zoo in there that day!
Me: In where?
Vince: In wherever you’re talking about!
Totally NOT listening! Now, I’ll bet if I had said “There’s a yarn sale at XYZ Yarn Shop. I think I’m going to order something!” . . he would have heard that! And . . he would have reacted.
Me: (And I was laughing!) You don’t like it when you talk to me and I’m not listening!
Vince: But I was busy doing something (reading the internet!).
Well, that changes everything because I’m never busy when he’s talking to me. 🙂
He’s so funny!