Effective communication between a man and his spouse is often difficult challenging.
Geography and the topology of the battlefield seem to be the main obstacles to this elementary process; women clearly prefer speaking from a separate room when engaging in a conversation, They seem to imply that a face-to-face dialogue is not as helpful as a room-to-room exchange. I am in the bathroom doing my nails… let’s talk.
A woman often prides herself to be multitasking. She can be ironing, watching General Hospital and have a meaningful conversation at the same time. A man is different. Genetically, he is programmed to be single-minded; one thing at a time. Arguing and chewing gum simultaneously can prove difficult.
For a woman, it is child play. The trick is her uncanny ability to tune out what she hears to focus on what she wants to say.
Later on, she will be surprised (and irritated) if you didn’t catch everything she mentioned earlier. You never listen, she will declare.
I beg your pardon Liebchen, but I was in the bathroom emptying my bladder.
Did you really have to do that? Or was it a lame excuse to ignore me?
In the early days, proximity was never a problem. She would always listen adoringly to your golden sayings. But familiarity breeds nonchalance. After many years of cohabitation, aural faculty on both sides seems to falter and make conversations more challenging.
Hints of hearing aids and Alzheimer allusions are also perfidiously dropped.
This problem though is elementary!
To have a conversation, both parties need to be in the same room, ideally at the same time. Then, speaking clearly (preferably in the same dialect), and waiting for an answer can also help.
A conversation kroshka, is akin to a Morse code exchange. I send, you listen. Then you send and I listen. Capisci?
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. Peter Drucker
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