Thursday, January 26, 2012
Do You Do This?
I think after 33 years of marriage, you can put me firmly in the committed relationship category. But after only 3 years, I found myself nodding off when John would tell a story I had already heard. (So, even if you have only been together a few months, this question is for you too.) I try to keep a look of rapt attention on my face and am pretty sure I pull this off. I try to be zoned out enough that I don't try to move the story along a little faster by telling some of it myself. (John deserves better than this.) Then one day, I realized that I was telling the same story a few times myself. I looked over at John - he still seemed interested. He's a smart man; he must remember the anecdote. But there was no hint on his face. So I devised a test - I started occasionally (every 6 months or so) telling him stories that bored even me. And then I'd watch his face for that hint of a yawn. And there is a difference. He is still sweet and polite, but I can tell he would really like my story to either end or get more interesting. But my interesting stories never seem to get old to him. So, is everyone else as nice as he is? Are you? Is your Sweetie?