Friday, March 18, 2011

Hidden Conversation Bubbles

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we could read each other's thoughts? I think it would be scary to know just exactly what is going on behind the scenes--you know, in certain conversations when you can tell that the person you're talking to isn't really listening. They have that look of interest on their face, but behind their wandering eyes or blank stare you know there is something inner dialogue that is keeping you from really talking with that person. Well, I have a confession to make. And I wish that it was that I can read people's thoughts. Actually, no I don't wish that at all. But I am that person. I am the one who has something else going on in my head that takes me out of the real conversation and into something of my own creating. I don't like to admit it, but sometimes it is true--what you see on my face and what is going on behind my eyes are not always in sync. I get distracted easily, and I have a rather vivid imagination, so then I find myself unsure of exactly what to say when it is my turn to contribute to the real conversation because I've become more enveloped in the dialogue in my head. Or I miss certain details of what someone is telling me and then I am unsure of exactly how we got to that point.  I can often make it through with the correct amount of attentiveness and appropriate responses, but then later I can not recall anything meaningful, if anything at all, that was discussed. Hmph. Why do I do this? Is this normal? Does anyone else know what I am talking about?  Is this part of the "mommy brain" dilemma or is it just me?



  1. I'm pretty sure I DO know what you're talking about! I think it's a little bit of daydreaming mixed with lack of sleep, a long to-do list, and perhaps it's a bit helpful in coping with all the chaos that comes with raising little kids. Not that it's bad of course! But sometimes it can be refreshing to daydream...

  2. I fully understand what you are talking about, I do the exact same thing.

  3. Soooo true Cortney! It is related to being a mom. I remember watching my mom (I think I was a pre-teen at that point) during a "chat", wondering what she was really thinking about....and thinking, I would never do that to a child...I would always give full attention, be fully engaged. Ha! Ha! to I find myself doing what my mother did...more often than I think I should. I wonder if my kids have wondered, "what is Mom really thinking???" Some day they'll understand, right? :)