We suck at listening. It’s seriously an epidemic. I mostly blame smart phones, but even in the absence of these (which is, um, never), we still kinda suck. By “we,” I mean adults in general.
Last week, my husband and I attended an auction. It was the real deal (ha, get it?), with the auctioneer rattling off prices, raising them, lowering them. I’d turn to my husband to ask him a question about the item. When I looked back, either the item was gone or neither of us had an idea of the current price because we’d been talking. I felt sheepish as the Polish and Romanian contractors, whose first language was definitely NOT English, would hear every price jump with no difficulty. Well, yeah, it’s easy to hear when your ears are open and your mouth is shut. Continue reading