Sometimes I concentrate on things. It’s not often, but it does happen on occasion.
It might be a phone call…perhaps an email…maybe it’s a puzzle on my iphone…whatever it is I find myself so deep in thought that my typical responses to my family might not be the same responses I would have given them had I been paying closer attention.
Here are a few things I find myself saying when I’m half listening:
“Pat, what time are we supposed to be there tomorrow??…..So what time are we supposed to be there tomorrow??………..Hey Pat, do you know what time we’re supposed to be there tomorrow?”
CAN WE HAVE CANDY? “Sure” CAN WE HAVE ICE CREAM? “Yeah whatever.” CAN WE SKIP NAPS AND GO TO DISNEYLAND? “You bet.”
“Kainoa if you want to play with my room then you need to take it to your phone.”
“That is really interesting…”
“Go ask your Dad.”
“Just a minute…..”
“Do you want some help with that?? (please say no please say no please say no) You sure??”
“It’s quiet reading time!!”
“I don’t know what you’re asking me right now, but if you’re insisting on an answer than it’s no.”
Someday my family will learn to remember that when they see my “concentrating face” it’s not the best time for a conversation because they’re actually talking to a robot.