Here is the perfect example. I am a true bargain hunter and one day when I was shopping at a Good Will store with my son I stumbled upon the ultimate buy. A doll from the Toy Story movie, it was Woody complete with his hat and little bandana. My son was just as happy as I was. As I was leaving the store my husband called and the conversation went like this:
Me: (In an excited voice) oh, hi honey you are NEVER going to believe what happened today. We were just shopping at Good Will and your son got a Woody!
My Husband: (Silence)
Me: Aren’t you happy for him? Didn’t you hear what I said, he got a Woody!
My Husband: About what?
Me: What do you mean about what?! He got a Woody and he’s in the car playing with it right now, isn’t that
My Husband: Are you OK?
Me: Yeah, I’m OK why?
My Husband: (Agitated) so he’s sitting in the backseat right now playing with his Woody? Don’t you think he’s a little young for that?
Me: Well how old were you when you got your first Woody? Oh that’s right they didn’t have Woody’s back then did they?
My Husband: Smart ass!
Me: I don’t understand what your problem is, are you pissed because it’s a doll?
My Husband: (Relieved) it’s a doll?! I thought you were talking about something else.
WTF,OMG,LOL! We both died laughing when we finally got on the same page.
There you have it, a good conversation turned upside down just because I wasn’t descriptive enough. It’s also possible to get a visual in your head by just a sound you hear.
Another example happens at least once a month at my house. Mother nature will cast her dirty little spell on me and as I’m in the bathroom with the door locked, unwrapping a tampon, my son will appear out of nowhere (I swear he has radar), knocking on the door, “Mom, I know you are eating a snack in there, can I have one too?” He actually believes that I hide in the bathroom and eat snacks without him. “Mom I can HEAR the wrapper, I know you are eating candy in there. It’s not my Halloween candy is
it?” “No honey, I promise it’s not your Halloween candy.” “Will you just save me one bite Mom?” “I most certainly will not – go clean your room or
something!” I’m sure all the Kindergarten kids have conversations at school about the conspiracies going on at home with the mom’s hiding in the bathrooms and eating candy. I’m sure of it.
Well it’s time to get this bus moving. Jackie Ward is passing out some Ooey-Gooey-Breakfast-Rolls that she just baked and Mitch Alverez is begging me to make a stop in his home town of Bulverde, Texas. I think we just might do that Mitch, we could use a few cowboys and cowgirls on this bus.
I’ll never forget that Easter we spent with you in Texas, I was at the zoo on Easter and people were having picnics and hitting pinatas with sticks. You just don’t see shit like that in Iowa on Easter!
Have a Good Day!