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Inside my wooden head
I think I'm developing some sort of aural dyslexia. At the very least, I've inherited my mom's knack for mishearing or radically reinterpreting things said to her.

For the most part, it isn't a problem. In fact, there've been times when mishearing the mundane has made my conversations entertaining. Funny even. A whole other world can unfold in my head unbeknownst to the person speaking. I only wish it was more coherent.

Actually, right now I wish I could come up with examples just to give an idea of what I'm talking about. The best I can offer is rather mild. Last Wednesday, while driving through Leominster on a fool's errand, I thought aloud that the best house in town was probably a funeral home.* jawalter responded, "It's a recession-proof industry."

I heard, "Time to weather-proof that tree." A noble goal, to be sure, but one having very little to do with the subject at hand. At least I thought so.

Most of the time, I have no idea what to do with this 'talent'. I know that there are theories that we hear very little of what's said, and that communication happens because our shared language provides enough common symbols that we can reconstruct meaning across the gap. Somehow, my mom and I seem to have more trouble with this than your average bear.

Hey, here's a question – how often do you find yourself thinking in metaphor?

*Truly not uncommon in New England, but I've also inherited my mom's knack for restating the obvious.
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komos From: komos Date: March 15th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I still take a certain pride in having been touristed 40 minutes away from home. The smell of refried beans will forever remind me of my folly.
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komos From: komos Date: March 15th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I demand pastry! ;P
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: March 15th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
despite all of Leominster's shortcomings, there are in fact some really nice houses there.
komos From: komos Date: March 15th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
And a big rock in the center of town.
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komos From: komos Date: March 15th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I hadn't even thought of that. It would apply pretty readily to both to my mom and I, though French would be the tangle for us. Curious.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: March 16th, 2004 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
perhaps your hearing phrases drifting past from another dimension.
what a perfect opportunity to chuckle without explaination! drives humans batty when they don't konw what your laughing at. how bout coming up with sentences that are similar in sound to what you mean. let others experience the wonders...
komos From: komos Date: March 16th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel like I'm half out of phase most of the time. I probably don't spend enough time laughing with this, though, and think that might be a valid alternative to just sitting there and wondering what on earth people could be saying. I have a high tolerance for weirdness, but an oddly low threshold for not being able to understand.
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