No Time

July 8, 2017

Perhaps, I'm old school.  Perhaps, I'm too indoctrinated in what used to be the social norm to even

consider walking away from a conversation that I've started or turning away my attention to someone or something else.  Why would I start a conversation if I wasn't going to stay to hear the answer?  Yet, this happened three times within a few hours where I was asked something and I began to respond only to be a) walked away from twice and b) in mid-reply, turned away from to talk to someone else.

 

All three times, they came back to finish the conversation.  The first time, I continued from where I'd been left mid-sentence.  The second time, I abbreviated my response and the third, I kept it to the business on hand and then left.  

 

Was it the time of day that caused everyone to rush around or has it become the norm to be a multi-tasking indifferent-seeming talker?  I pondered this as I drove home and avoided the multi-tasking drivers who cut me off or flew by but didn't get an answer until I got home and found myself, mid-conversation, being asked if I was ever going to finish feeding the dogs.  It seems it's more important to keep conversation succinct.

 

Is this going to change my way of communicating?  Perhaps, but I hope, I will never be 'the norm,' because everyone has a story to tell whether to vocalize it or not.  It's all fodder to a writer as they craft a future character, scene, or role.

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