Thursday, May 21, 2009

People Watching

Hubby and I went out to a new restaurant for dinner tonight. We've driven past it for years and the parking lot is always full so we decided it must be good. And it was.

While we were waiting for our dinner and talking about the events of the day, I began looking around. It's fun to watch people. I quickly began to notice a pattern as I took in a couple people talking on their cell phones. Two others were nose deep reading the newspaper. Then there were those just sitting there waiting for their silence.

Have you ever looked around you while waiting for your dinner? It's not the first time I've noticed the sad fact that people aren't talking to each other. Not to stereotype anyone but it does seem to mostly be the elderly. Why is that I wonder?

So I started thinking about it. And it came to me. Maybe they've been together so long that they don't like each other anymore. Maybe they've just run out of things to say. Or, maybe they know each other so well that they can communicate telepathically.

No matter what the truth is, I thought it was a little bit sad to see one spouse quietly sitting there while the other was reading the newspaper or talking on a cell.


Nancy Bristow said...

Debbie...I'm afraid you've hit on the way it is with the majority of couples...married or not...young, old or in between. If there ever was interest and it's lost, then it is sad. It also says the interest wasn't all that deep in the first place.

I think it's rare that most couples ever knew or know how to talk and listen to one another so it's not surprising that the same pattern exist xx number of years later.

I can't think of anything worse than feeling alone while in the company of somebody else. I'd rather be alone for real than be in that kind of relationship...and if that's the way of it, then it's not my definition of a relationship at all....Nancy

Tory Richards said...

Amen girl!