Friday, February 10, 2006

Get the Hint

It's almost 1 pm and I'm in still in my pajamas. It's my day off and I am in no hurry whatsoever to get dressed. Plus, it's rainy outside and rain just feeds my laziness.

I've been thinking about Guatemala lately--missing the people there whom I came to know and love during the relatively short time I was with them. I've kept in touch with an American who lives in the village as an accompanier for peace issues, and she e-mailed me yesterday. Her stories just made me really miss that place. It's been four months since my visit and I'm thinking of how I can get back there next October when the church goes again. It might be hard b/c I'll inevitably miss classes and such, but you can't say it's a vacation or a worthless trip. It might mean more to my future as a pastor than any class I take in seminary.

Do you ever wonder why some people behave the way they do? For instance, there's a lady at church who is infamous for her nonstop talking and chatting. Everyone practically runs when they see her coming because they know that, if they get caught by her, they'll be immediately and unwillingly pulled into a (very one-sided) conversation with her. In fact, I have a plan with some of my friends at church that, if one of us notices that Mrs. Talks-a-Lot has somehow managed to corner one of us, we know the drill: we approach the two and demand that our friend come help us with something right away. We even refer to it as The Rescue. "Time to go rescue Erika," we'll say. And Mrs. Talks-a-Lot doesn't even get the hint! I honestly don't think she understands how much a) she talks, and b) people hate talking to her. It's terrible. Many times--no, all the time--the subjects of her conversation have nothing to do with one another. She just switches gears in the middle with no apparent connections between the previous and current subject matter. It's kinda funny, but I feel for those who get caught with her. Our secretary has to deal with this lady a lot, and she's so kind. I wouldn't have the patience!

Anyway, I don't know why I thought to write about this. Some people just don't get social clues and it annoys me. But maybe they can't help it. Maybe I shouldn't be so hard on them. I can tell when someone isn't listening to something I'm saying, and I quickly get kinda embarrassed that I'm boring them. So I move on. But people like Mrs. Talks-a-Lot just don't get it. When I'm bored with her conversation, I'll literally look around, act like I'm in a hurry and really need to be somewhere. I even start walking away a little bit. . .but she still talks! Oh, well. I pity her husband sometimes. I sometimes wonder if she talks his ear off at night when they're in bed and all he wants to do is go to sleep. I honestly wouldn't be surprised. Poor guy.

Okay, time to be productive. . .I guess. :) Stay cool.

There's no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard,
No song that I could sing,
But I could try for your heart.
~Jack Johnson


Blogger Leslie said...

I've often wondered about people who completely miss obvious social clues, and I've decided I'm a bit jealous of them. They have no censor, no worries. And there's a good chance they have very high self-esteems.

For example: I think people who have mullets must be the happiest people in the world.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Making fun of people with mullets is like telling the president he's doing good job.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Me Over Here said...

I didn't know our secretary went to your church. Huh. Go figure.

10:25 AM  
Blogger trishy said...

Needy people. (and I don't mean the kind without money) Err! I actually called my mother from one room away on the second line to help her escort a needy person out who had come by to drop something off. It's sad, really, but man, they can be so annoying.

11:54 AM  

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