At times, I can also be a really good listener,
but not if there is a book in my hands,
a layout in front of me,
an open email message before me,
a TV on in the room,
or something else on my mind.
In other words, I'm usually not all ears.
People tend to have to repeat themselves around me,
and I know that it becomes pretty annoying pretty quickly.
Maybe my inattentiveness
comes from being hyper-attentive and observant
while teaching all day,
so that when it comes time to interact with others off the clock,
my attention span has been depleted,
and my ears become ornamental.
Sometimes, my poor husband has to insist
that I face him and make eye contact when we speak,
because once I turn away...
I'm on Mars.
This trait has served me well as a reader and a writer,
as no sound can distract me when I'm in the "zone,"
but it makes me an awful conversationalist.
I'm working on it, though,
and somewhere between
in one ear
out the other,
I will learn to break this awful habit.