Friday 28 August 2015

I Am The Human Dodo

I guess it would be fair to say that I like to talk. Okay, I like to talk a lot. To tell the truth, I don’t like it at all when there is a lull in the conversation.

I know that they say when you are comfortable in the presence of another person then there is little or no need to talk. That seems to go against 100,000 years of evolution. If you are scientifically oriented, not talking goes against reason and human development. If on the other hand you are one of the creationist whackos then you would have to wonder why the Supreme Being gave us speech if He didn’t want us to use it. I can see silence if the people in the room are watching a TV show or movie. It has often been silent when I have done or said something stupid. I have been known to be quiet when I concentrate, but thankfully that happens less and less as the years roll on.

I took a job driving a truck and delivering parcels for a couple of years when I worked at the Post Office. I thought that I would be able to make all sorts of crazy overtime money but it turned out that I would have had to lie and cheat to make the extra cash. I just wasn’t willing to do that. I don’t know why. The other problem I had delivering parcels is that I was alone all day in the truck and had very little people contact and an equal amount of conversations. I went batty! I spent a lot of time talking to myself and singing. I could deal with the talking, but the singing was just awful.

Last night, the last night that Maegan and Ryan were here, I found myself sitting in the living room with three other people in dead silence. You see, they all were on various electronic media and quite focused. I was sitting there hoping for an opportunity to talk which never came. I would try to get a conversation going but would be greeted with a one word answer or no answer at all. I kept looking from one to the other hoping that they would tire of whatever they were doing and look up to notice the others in the room. No such luck.

Of course I may have been the reason they were so focused on their electric diversions. They may have had nothing left to say after spending a week or so with me. That is possible, and now that I think about it, it is more than likely. That is kind of sad.

You know, I am going to pretend that they were all sad that last night was the last night we would be together for a long while. Yeah…that works for me. Still, looking at the three of them with heads down and focused caused me to think that all of those years of evolution or Divine intervention may just have been an evolutionary dead end.

I could be the last of my species, a throw back to earlier and better days. I am the human Dodo

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