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I’m Listening…Not!

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Photo Credit: leontine via Compfight cc

“I’m sorry, what did you say?”

That phrase comes out of my mouth as often as I’d like to stuff Ben & Jerry’s into it, which is multiple times per day.

I am a horrible listener. That’s supposed to be a guy thing, right? Well, somehow I got the male auditory chromosome.

Here’s a typical conversation between my husband and me:

Me: “What time’s your doctor appointment?”
Husband: “1:45.”

Me (15 minutes later): “What time’s your doctor’s appointment?”
Husband: *glares at me while poking his tongue out the side of his slightly opened mouth*

I know the key to being a good listener is attentiveness. I seem to have no problem paying attention to the words that come out of my mouth—I hear myself asking the questions just fine.

But something happens from the time I stop speaking and the other person starts. It’s like a door or flap to my ears snaps shut, like the blue velvet box Richard Gere holds out to Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”

So what the hell’s going on?

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