Isn’t it obnoxious when people talk about their kids and pets all the time?
As if theirs are the cutest. When my son is obviously the most wonderful young man ever to walk the planet and my cat is nothing short of a furry phenom! ☺
Okay, I realize I’m always mentioning KitKat in my blog posts, and the things I’ve learned while raising my son, Cole. But I suppose one could say, at least I’m aware of it.
How about all the things people do that they don’t realize are off-putting? For example, I really have a problem with vocal-fry – that thing some do where their words trail off and it sounds like they’re creaking.
The other issue I have is with “up-talk.” That’s when every sentence being spoken goes up at the end? So everything sounds like a question?
Generally speaking, adolescents are the ones engaging in these habits. Maybe that’s why it bothers me. It could be that, with younger people, some trigger in me switches on, and I feel the need to “mother” them – if, by “mother,” I mean “badger” and “bother.”
After all, the older generation engages in plenty of our own bad habits. I used to work with a woman who would finish your sentences for you, and it was exasperating. It would go something like this:
Me: So I need to get this work done by-
IC: Next week?
Me: No. I was going to say by the end of the day. But I also need to-
IC: Go to the meeting?
Me: No. I was going to say make some phone calls.
By the way, IC stands for “Interrupting Co-worker.” Or maybe “Intensely Crazy-making.”
When you think about it, these problems really aren’t such a big deal, in the scheme of things. We live in a world with other people and sometimes we overlap. You might say that it’s just the cost of living. So any time I’m bothered by other peoples’ ways, I crack my knuckles, clink the spoon in my coffee cup repeatedly, and remember that we’re all only human.