Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dear Persons Whose Ears I've Held Hostage in the Past: An Open Letter

Dear Persons Whose Ears I've Held Hostage by going on and on about topics of conversation that you might not necessarily be interested in: I'm sorry. I'd like to think that I'm a superior conversationalist (possibly among the top 100 conversationalist in the world even); if this isn't the case, and you've previously found yourself cornered in a room as I've gone on and on and on about my love for American literature, my concerns about animal welfare, my anger at this adminstration and war, my love for baseball, etc., I blush.

Really. I do.

I bring this up because recently, a dear friend mentioned that I love talking about myself and my brother commented that I talk a lot: "Sabila, you don't even pause to take a breath sometimes. It's amazing, really." And, of course, there was that one time over brunch that my mother said, "I REALLY hope you don't talk this much in front of boys" (trust me, I didn't take that one too seriously). Oh, and that time when my family left me, one by one, to watch Two Brothers on my own because I couldn't stop my tearfully bitter diatribe about the cruelty humans inflict on animals.

It should be noted, however, that while I apologize for the pain, boredom, frustration, etc. I may have caused, I'm not going to change anytime soon. So love it or leave it…in which case, I suppose, I’m not apologetic at all!

…okay, I’m officially retracting my apology and changing the title of this post to "Dear Persons Whose Ears I've Held Hostage in the Past: Whatever; it's painfully obvious to me that you have no soul if my conversations leave you uninspired, bored and/or frustrated. And it's not that I'm full of myself or enjoy talking about myself or anything. I simply enjoy making you laugh at my own expense. That's bloody selfless if you ask me. And I'm pretty goddamn entertaining! I offer everyone plenty of opportunity to jump in and tell me a thing or two and I listen (hello! I was nominated a Peer Helper in high school because other students felt like they could talk to me about their teen-angsty problems) but if you don't have anything intersting going on in your life, that's your problem. Clearly, I rock (ahem)."


zaahir said...

yeah i don't like july either.

i'm catchin up.

the olive ream said...

Wow! I could actually imagine you saying all that without a pause to inhale. You make a strong case for yourself and I commend you for it. You'd make a great civil rights lawyer...if you aren't one already. :)

SabilaK said...

Zaahir: July's a bastard.

Sasha said...

i think it's awesome that you can hold a conversation and actually make it interesting.

people who might criticize you for 'talking too much' etc etc are just jealous that they're not as talented as you.

mist1 said...

It is not that you talk too much, it is that others listen too little.

I feel so Zen for having thought of that.

I too, talk a lot. Everyone cares what I have to say. I'm pretty sure of it.

SabilaK said...

And just to expand on that thought Mist, a good conversationalist listens as much as he/she talks. It's very clear that my critics simply aren't good conversationalists.

mist1 said...

Ah, good point.