T is for Talking

I’ve never been a very talkative person. I probably write more words a day on this blog than I actually say in an entire day. That’s how quiet I am and that’s how much I don’t like talking. Especially small talk. There’s nothing worse than going into the grocery store to pick up a few items and running into someone you knew from high school or college, and having to make awkward small talk. That’s why, if I see someone I know, I pretend I never saw them and go walking in the opposite direction, just to avoid the awkward small talk that takes place. I know it seems really mean, but I just can’t bear it. But on the other hand, if I’m around someone I know very well, I can talk for hours and hours and probably end up boring the other person to death.

Sometimes I wonder what the world would be like if we all went mute for a day. No talking at all. Just silence. I bet we talk so much that all that energy could be used for something else. In a way, it would be like turning off the lights for an entire day. No talking equals saving energy. An interesting concept.

The best conversations don’t involve many words. I like it when there are moments when you and someone else can just look at each other and know what the other person is thinking. They do say that one look is worth a thousand words, and that has always been one of my most favorite quotes, even though I have no idea who said it.

11 thoughts on “T is for Talking

  1. I’m the same. I always say i’m a writer, not a talker. but there are a handful of people that once we get chatting i go on and on and on and on…

    i like your idea of everyone being mute for a day. or maybe wiring people’s jaws to a generator? There are some people where i work that could power the whole building that way!

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    1. Same where I work. I think there are a few in every business… maybe they could power the world if you put them all in one building.

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      1. They are an untapped resource, and like a nuclear chain reaction once one of them starts gossiping it will set off the next, which sets off the next… an infinite energy source!
        and think how much calmer and quieter it will be for all the writers and thinkers 🙂

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  2. I’m not much for small talk, but my real annoyance is the telephone. Other than my mother, I never talk to people on the phone if I can avoid it. It just seems intrusive (as in, “Pay attention to me right now!”) as opposed to email or a text which people can read when it’s convenient.

    I knew somebody once who didn’t talk one day every week. I have a memory that Larry Hagman (of “Dallas”) did that for a while also, but I may be making that up.

    It’s interesting to write characters who don’t talk much, or pairs of characters who know each other really well and don’t need to speak to communicate. Lots of different challenges to convey things to the reader.

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  3. I’m probably the exact opposite – I can talk to anyone about anything for an enormous length of time. But that doesn’t mean I don’t agree with you when you avoid small talk – it can get rather silly sometimes.
    I also agree with the quote ‘one look is worth a thousand words’. I guess a certain look can mean a lot of things.

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  4. Wow, you really don’t talk much. I’m much the same. I can spend hours not saying anything if no one is talking to me and I even try to hide sometimes until I can slip away from someone (made easier since it often happens outdoors at night). I do go into “jester mode” though when I’m hanging out with people I know. I turn into a babbling clown, throwing jokes and puns left and right. I practically speak in jokes. My aunt told me I would make a good monk, just because I like to go somewhere quiet and don’t talk to people while reading The Bible or some other book. So…jester monk if that makes any sense.

    Love your blog Maggie and I can’t wait to see what X is for (xylophone! 😀 ).

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    1. I am the same way. Very quiet around people I don’t know or people I’m uncomfortable around… but when it’s people I know, I get all hyper and start joking around and cursing like a completely different person. So weird.

      Glad you like the blog! Thanks so much!

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