Monday, October 03, 2005

Didn't you already tell me that?

Almost every time I write or say something I think to myself, "Didn't I say that before?" I think some of it comes from being a parent and repeating myself so damn much. The other part of it definitely comes from being a teacher of toddlers. I feel like I say the same things over and over again (and to a certain extent this is true). Then I think maybe I'm one of those boring people that just say the same things over and over again and annoy the hell out of people with my idiocy. This may well be true, and sometimes I know it is because I'll be part way along a tale and have deja vu and realize I've already bored this person with this story and think, "Now, what do I do? Say, oh yea, I already told you and stop? Or plod on and hope they laugh politely at the end?" It's hard to know in these situations.

As a parent, I tell my children what to do and what not to do repeatedly. I read the same stories ad nauseam. There are stories they like to hear about themselves as babies, toddlers, four year olds, five year olds, etc. quite often. Even things they already know, we have frequent conversations about, often at more depth than before, but there is an element of we've-been-here-and-done-this-before for sure. I know that this is part of learning and is good for them, it just ruins my social skills with other adults. I guess it's good I don't get out much.

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