people might be better off if they were born with rabbit-sized ears. More and more lately, I've noticed how people don't really listen. Oh, they're good at giving the appearance of listening, but they're actually doing other things like:
a) already thinking of what they're going to say the minute you stop talking
b) watching someone over your shoulder
c) making mental notes of things they need to pick up at the grocery store
d) making sure they insert the appropriate "Really?" or "Yeah...yeah..." at the right time
I figure if everyone was given a quiz after a three-minute conversation, they would fail.
It's all very frustrating until you make sure that in the middle of a conversation when you are sure the other person isn't fully listening, you drop in a non sequitur. The speed with which the other person responds to the non sequitur reveals the level of listening skill they've been applying to you.
"Jane, you won't believe what happened. Remember I told you about that guy, Johnny, that I met at the gym last week? Well, he asked me out a date this morning."
"I couldn't believe it. I thought he might have asked me last week when I was getting off the treadmill and he pretended to be waiting for it. It was funny, though, because there were four other machines free that he could've have used. It's amazing how empty the gym is at six in the morning."
"So, of course, I said yes."
"Yeah. I mean, he seems nice. We're going out to dinner at that Italian restaurant on Maple Avenue. You know - the one that sells the really good spaghetti. Remember? We went there last winter for Sara's birthday."
"I mean at least Johnny cares about his health. Not like that Sean guy I went out with last month. The closest he got to caring about his health was ordering lettuce on his double-cheeseburger."
"You wouldn't believe how much Johnny laughed when I told him about selling the purple pony."
"Really...what? What are you talking about? What purple pony?"
Maybe if we did have the antennae-like ears of the rabbit we could tune in a little more effectively.