8 January 2000 ... Talk 2
My December 28 journal entry was titled
and I have been thinking about that entry lately. Usually I forget entries
just as soon as they disappear into my archives. But "Talk" has stuck with
me for some reason. Perhaps it is just that I am not done with the subject.
In the "Talk" entry, I mentioned some of the topics my family discuss.
One of the big ones that seems to come up again and again, is who people are
and how they are related. My parents grew up in the area and left and
this is how they have to talk when speaking about people with my relatives
who have stayed in the area. It means nothing to me and I become bored
when they start throwing out names.
And this week I have kind of noticed how I react to many conversations that
don't directly involve me. I zone them out.
But now I discover that perhaps I should start paying attention. I am
reading Natalie Goldberg's book
Writing Down the Bones.
One of her chapters reminds me that people's talk is excellent fodder for
story writing. "We are not gossiping cruelly. We are just trying to
understand life," Goldberg says.
So in the future, when I get bored with conversations, it will be a signal
to me that maybe I should listen a little bit closer. And perhaps my
own conversational skills will improve. ...Doubtful, I know. :)