Sunday, November 12, 2006

Peter and I were sitting at the table this morning, looking out the window and discussing the lives of birds. There was the usual assembly of crows in the trees, wings hanging to better shed the driving rain. Peter commented that even though they look miserable, captivity would be far less tolerable and the crows "wouldn't have it any other way...blah, blah, blah".

I guess you can infer that I tuned out his words around "blah, blah, blah". I sat there while he continued the conversation and I thought how a bird out in the elements resembles the biblical story of Adam and Eve ejected from the Garden of Eden.

"Blah, blah, blah" Peter continued...

I thought about a post on Rebecca's blog - she's got a poetry contest going - so I composed my entry and counted off the words on my fingers.

"Blah, blah, blah".

I tuned in to Peter again, listened for a few words and surmised where we were in the ongoing conversation... I inserted a reasonable response into the discussion and then turned my thoughts to the question "Do we occasionally dismiss a person as uninformed who is in fact merely uninterested or distracted?"

"Blah, blah, blah" Peter continued.

9 Comments:

At 5:47 AM, Blogger Minx said...

Susan, you slay me!

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Maxine said...

I take it Peter does not read your blog, Susan ;-)
Giving away all our womanly secrets, now now!

 
At 11:54 AM, Anonymous clare said...

Excellent, Susan. At least half of the rest of the world nods in agreement.

P.S. I think the answer to your question is yes.

 
At 4:14 AM, Blogger Jan said...

It's easy to do, ie this dismissing thing. We have our own thoughts, agendas, the other person moves on, we move on, and so it goes. We sometimes base a person...their views, their conversation, from our own perspective. Their perspective is often different, no less valuable, no less informed.
I recognised your conversation with your husband. I think it took place in MY kitchen last w/end (and in my friend J's, and in her friend, D's... ) And so it goes.

 
At 1:41 AM, Anonymous Sian said...

i'm also guilty. lewis likes to talk about work to me (we both did remote sensing, so I think he thinks i'll know what he's talking about). I don't mind really, as I know that often if he's stuck on some problem it helps him talk it through-- the answer often just pops out. but it definitely doesn't come from me-- it comes from somewhere inside lewis' own head. i just switch off and remember to nod my head occasionally until the lightbulb goes off in his brain!

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I can only hope he doesn't discover my little secret blog, Maxine. (At least I've said a few nice things about him.) And on the bright side, we *are* pretending to listen, aren't we Jan and Sian? That takes some effort!

 
At 1:41 AM, Blogger Confucious Trevaskis said...

Naughty, naughty woman.....I'm telling on you..........

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Roonie said...

Oh!

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger SteamShovel said...

Susan,

Please contact me about your Hobson blog. Nick at wa8ntw@arrl.net. I'm related to Robert Hobson too. I would like to trade information.

Best Regards,
Nick
Ohio

 

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