Dad: “I need you to do the dishes, we are out of spoons”
Child: “Why do we need spoons?”
This little exchange has been the source of much amusement for me the last few days. As many of you know, according to the book, men are like waffles and women are like spaghetti.
My dear husband stayed in his waffle square, getting the dishes done (I was sick in bed, he was being Mr. Wonderful). His response was something like “would you like to have your computer for the rest of the day?”
My daughter was being a female. She wanted to know why having spoons was important. She was off on a spaghetti trail. She may sass me – everyone sasses me from time to time, but she would NEVER talk back to her dad. She was just curious about the spoons – and had every intention on doing the dishes.
When we hear from our own perspective instead of the speaker’s perspective, we often miss-hear things. When we speak without thinking about our audience, we are often misunderstood.