I like to talk. A lot! And so many times I think when I’m saying something, nobody’s actually listening.
You know how it is? You need to relay messages, organize people, communicate with others to get stuff done, and just generally do a lot of talking. Most people who know me would agree that I sometimes use more words than necessary, but what am I gonna do? I’m a chatter.
Most of the time I assume the household is only taking in a small percentage of what I’m saying. I base this on the fact that I have to repeat myself at least 52 thousand times with each direction I give!
I may also be an exaggerator, but that’s a whole other story.
But every now and then I get a bit of a shock when I realize that someone was listening to something I said.
The other day, Bell was playing around with her computer. She was going between filming outside for a movie she was making, and doing something with music. I love that she has a go at creating using technology, and wish I knew even half she does.
When I heard the music starting to blast, I was ready to yell at her to turn it down. Then I recognised the song was American Pie by Don McLean, my most favourite song ever!
After I sang along to the whole song, which goes for three hours and 45 minutes (see, exaggerator), I asked why she was playing it. “Because it’s your favourite song, don’t you remember?”
Yes I remembered, because it’s not only my favourite all-time song, but it was also the first VINYL record I ever bought. But what really threw me, was that she remembered something that I’d told her a long time ago, and it stuck with her!
So maybe some things do get through.
Now I just need John to listen when I have to tell him 432 times not to leave his stuff on the kitchen bench (definitely NOT an exaggeration).
Do you feel like you’re sometimes talking just to hear the sound of your own voice?