“Siri… I’m two. Siri… I’m two.”
One week in and, like a monkey toward a shiny object, I’ve swung back to a random overhear rather than one about travel. I’d apologize, except it was just so cute I couldn’t resist. So it was while I was waiting in line at the pharmacy that the little (apparently two year old) child in the cart ahead of me attempted to get Siri’s attention. If Siri were actually a real person I imagine she too would have laughed at his determination to be understood. “I’m two,” he kept saying over and over, trying to make it clear enough that Siri would reply.
Of course it would have helped had he pressed down the button on the phone to make Siri listen. Wisely, the mom must not have imparted that critical piece of information. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all we had to do to correct our personal communication troubles was press a button? Ohhhh, so that’s why my daughter won’t do what I ask. I forgot to press her button. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that most kids I know have no trouble finding and pressing buttons. It must be a skill we lose with age.
Of course, I’ve also seen how those interactions don’t always run smoothly. Whether it is my or one of her friends buttons that she is pushing, I can’t imagine my daughter’s goal was such negative attention. But what if, like Siri, I got a nice polite response to my comment or question? Now that would be a button worth finding! I think my buttons are pretty obvious, but how about you? Do you know which buttons set you off? Do you have a good technique for being heard? I love, love, love to hear from my readers so leave a comment and check back for my reply. I look forward to our dialogue.
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My daughter was walking down the narrow aisle of the plane, dragging her suitcase behind her in search of our seats, when a passenger said this into her cell phone. The funny part must have been my daughter’s facial expression, since all of the passengers facing her started cracking up.
I know I have written before about swear words being part of our language, so I thought today I might write about when not to use them.
- Don’t type the ‘f’ word when you are editing someone’s work on an airplane and your daughter is inches away from you reading over your shoulder. (Unless you want to engage in a difficult conversation in a very public place.)
- Don’t have a hero who is shy or gentle use the ‘f’word to describe making love.
- Don’t teach your child the meaning of the ‘b’word unless you want him/her to use it frequently in sentences when describing dogs.
- Don't use the same damn swear word over and over and over in your damn writing. It is damn annoying.
- Don’t use any of them when stuck in traffic or while being cut off by someone unless you are totally alone (actually, just break the habit since inevitably it will come out of your mouth when your car is filled with your child and her three best friends.)
And finally, don’t, please, say any swear word into your cell phone thinking that you are somehow alone in hearing it. For those of you who don’t yet realize this, we can all still hear you. And in fact, some of us even plan our blogs around overhearing you.
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