One of the things that I love the most about letter writing is that I can "talk" without feeling like I'm being interrupted or that I'm interrupting someone else.
Today at a meeting, I must have unintentionally interrupted every single person there at least once. It's hard speaking up while you're in a public space, isn't it? You diligently wait for that lull in the conversation so that you can interject, thinking "is that a pause? Is that a period? Is that a flipping semi colon?! Are you just trying to get air into your lungs? Are you pausing to sing the theme song of Happy Days in your head? WHAT?"
Finally, you identify what you think is a break in the conversation so that you can jump in there and add your two cents. Except, of course, that break was just a pause for breath and now you've interrupted the person speaking and furthermore, you look like an ASS.
I don't mean to behave like an ass! I swear! My best friend isn't an ogre, I'm not a giant interrupto blob sent here from outerspace, I'm just a gal who doesn't know how to interject when other people are talking.
I feel like I need one of those flip coasters that they have at restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Except mine would say "Talk Laura Talk" and "Shut your pie hole Laura Shut your pie hole."
Wouldn't that just make life easier? Until it becomes socially acceptable to walk around with coasters that say things like "shut your pie hole," I guess I'll just stick to letters.
There was a theme to my incoming this week: thank you cards and postcards. I love thank you cards, but I always want to send a return thank you card to thank them for their thank you card...and that becomes a vicious cycle of thank yous. And sometimes you need to just step up and say the buck stops here. I don't want to be that person, but I'll do it if necessary.
|A lovely card from Ciara Kay, LEP's illustrator|
|Animal tea parties with Mary|
|Incoming from Jessica|
|The first of two postcards from PostMuse. This one was a really neat sewn postcard.|
|Postcard #2 from PostMuse|
|A lovely thank you postcard from Erin after she recieved a package from my store|
|Hobbits are my Homies for Sukie (It's Martin Freeman, what what!)|
And that's it from me! The coaster is flipped so you know I'm shutting my pie hole (it's not just a pause for breath). It's time to hear from you! Talk Penpals Talk!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Great, now I want PIE!!! This is why I love my BFF in real life (maybe I shouldn't have mentioned the real life part because it makes it sound like I often make best friends up...) Any who! She and I over the last decade have honed our skill of just both talking at the same time, literally. People think we are crazy but if we are really going at it we both just talk over eachother. We are multi tasking super heroes!!!ReplyDelete
You could just do what I do during meetings and nod knowingly when someone says something I agree with or make a funny face when they say something stupid, all without saying an actual word myself. Then when I get home I can replay the conversation in my head and come up with all the clever things I could have said but didn't.ReplyDelete
P.S. I am constantly told that I interrupt when I do pipe up and say something due to situations you've so brilliantly described. It tends to make me all the more determined to just say nothing at all. Talking is so freaking overrated, imho.
I totally know how you feel! It seems that everybody else can interrupt tactfully but I just end up either offending someone or being ignored! Also, I LOVE your Hobbit-themed outgoing mail!ReplyDelete
AH I just saw the Hobbit yesterday! Loved it. If anyone else had played Bilbo Baggins I would have been terribly enraged!ReplyDelete
I'm going to have to get some of those shut up cards. I'm constantly interrupting. It's an epidemic. lol!ReplyDelete
ps--loved the LOTR envie that you made and the sewed postcard! :D
Wow, I definitely know what you mean, I never know when it's my turn so I end up interrupting people but...blah. No one has called me out on it yet though and I think they would if they found it annoying. I hope.ReplyDelete
That Hobbit card is the best, got to love Martin Freeman, got to love The Hobbit..awesome!