As I Was Saying

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Next time someone interrupts, fake-sneeze in his face and use that moment to casually resume your sentence.

I jotted that down on an index card the other night and left it on my bedside table, nestled among other treasured memorabilia like an expired coupon and a gigantic water bottle (half-empty or half-full, your choice) that my dad bought for me when we saw Frozen at the theater three weeks ago.

One of the appeals of blogging for me is that I can write down and convey a thought in its entirety. Something about my natural speaking voice invites people to tune out mid-sentence, at which point they either interrupt or just walk away. This happens at home, at work, in public, with friends, with strangers, and with family. I regularly have to convince my own mother that I'm worth a five-minute break from her jigsaw puzzle. (I know I'm not the world's best story-teller, but I like to think I have a smidgen bit more personality than a 1000-piece Thomas Kinkade cottage.)

For twenty-something years, I've been dealing with this by 1) allowing my frustration to simmer silently while the other person talks over me or 2) reclaiming the conversation through arm-flailing and foot-stomping. Either way, I exert so much energy that I then lose interest in continuing my train of thought, thus validating the other person's decision to cut me off in the first place.

It's a bona fide conundrum.

I'm sick of it.

So that is why I just sneezed in your face.

Jwewmiah

Jwewmiah

I was wondering where that weird mist came from.

I didn't even interrupt. =/

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Well, I have to practice on someone. (Also, allergy season is starting, so this might happen a lot.)

Edwin

Edwin

If we talk and i interrupt you, please let me know, I might not even realize i'm doing it. And please know that it's never my intention to make you feel like unappreciated. You are always worth listening to.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Haha, I will try to let you know before attacking you with a sneeze, since you asked so nicely. Actually, there was a moment in last night's #winetoreach when my story got stepped on, and you rescued me by asking me what I was trying to say (possibly after noticing my arm-flailing). I appreciated that a lot. :)

P.S. I wrote this entry a week ago, so the #winetoreach arm-flailing thing was just a coincidence.

chris

chris

I need to learn to fake sneeze, because I am in the same situation conversationally.

Wren

Wren

What?! I really liked listening to you drone on during VEDA. ;) Seriously, though, I HATE when people talk over other people. I can understand how sometimes it's an accident of having rapid conversation, but to constantly talk over everyone is ruuuuude. For shame.

WillieSun

WillieSun

I sometimes do interrupt other people while talking but I know it's rude and I always apologise right after it.