Frequently, I ask a simple question that only has two answers - "Yes." or "No." But I rarely receive one of those answers. *sigh*
Me: Are we going straight home?
The hubs: Why? Would you like to stop somewhere on the way? Is there something else you'd like to do? What would you like to do, babe? You decide.
Me: Are you hungry for lunch now?
B: (Long pause while he performs a systems check of his body. We're really working hard on paying attention to our body's needs as they happen. Unfortunately, those needs usually aren't even on his radar until I ask such a question.) Uhm...I might be getting theeeere...I'm kiiiiinda hungry...buuuut...I don't want to eeeeat right now....maaaaaaybe....maybe laaaaater...check back with me in a while.
When I ask one of those simple questions and the response starts with, "Weeeeeelllll..." I think, Oh, boy. Buckle up; this is gonna take a while. Sometimes I don't even hear the monologue response because I'm screaming in my head, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, IT WAS A SIMPLE YES OR NO QUESTION!!!!!
Once in a while, I think I'm screaming that in my head but it actually comes out of my mouth. B, however, thinks I am joking and being funny anytime my yelling begins with, "FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY/GOD/MY SANITY/PETE FILL IN THE BLANK ", so he laughs and doesn't take me seriously.
It's so freaking frustrating! The hubs finds it ironic that I get upset about this because, according to him, I am incapable of being short, sweet and to the point. He says I can't carry on a normal conversation; I talk in stories. Actually he says I'm an "atmospheric" talker where as he's a bottom-line guy. He just wants the facts or the end of the story but I have to set the entire scene, describe everything in detail and repeat everything that everyone said, complete with tones of voices and facial expressions.
It is true that we reap what we sow because B is an atmospheric talker, too. Now I understand what a saint my mom was, sitting there and listening to me recount entire movies to her when I got home from the theater or every, single thing that happened at school that day.
So, I guess the next time someone asks me a "Yes." or "No." question, I need to think long and hard before I answer.
- I am a very lucky woman with a husband and son who are smart, witty and entertaining. Our son, B, attended public school for two years, and then we embarked on a new adventure in the Fall of 2010 - homeschooling. We don't have all the answers, but we know B and this has been the best thing for him. I blog to preserve our stories and our memories, share recipes, vent and ramble on about our crazy, yet blessed, life. Would you care to follow along?