Tuesday, March 09, 2010

there is soap in the bathroom

Have you ever heard something said and not known what it meant at the time? Then minutes, hours, or days later you understand?
I had one of those moments today. Ryan said to me last night, after attempting to get the smell of parmesan cheese off his hands:

"There's soap in the bathroom."

I thought to myself, "of course there's soap in the bathroom, there is always soap in the bathroom."

I did not give it any more thought at the time till just a little bit ago. I was sitting on the toilet and I looked over at the sink. The soap pump had been refilled, and it hit me, "there's soap in the bathroom," isn't what Ryan actually meant, but that he had refilled the pump.

How often do we hear things and we don't get the full meaning? And how often do we try to convey ideas to others without actually saying what we mean?

1 comment:

Sherrie Sisk said...

I am so guilty of this with my daughter. She's ten, and I find myself saying stuff that sounds waaaay more critical out loud than it did in my head. It's not at ALL what I meant, but she can't distinguish hyperbole and "Mom's just having a flare" so ... yeah.

Then I get the added bonus of feeling guilty.

The flip side is when I'm aware of it, I tend to overthink things way too much and the teachable moment is long since gone.

I blame fibro.