I have a relative I dearly love – but, by choice, I rarely talk with her. As loveable as she is – to put it bluntly – she talks too much! When she says at the end of a conversation, “It’s been so nice talking to you,” she means just that! Talking “to” you. One listens to this woman. You’re having a good day if you can express one complete thought without her interrupting. It’s very annoying, but she is such a sweet person that there’s nothing to be done without hurting her feelings.
One recent evening, I discovered a message on my machine from a good friend. She wanted me to return her call her so I picked up the phone, looked at the memory log and, sans glasses, chose the name and number that I thought was hers and pushed the button. It rang only twice when, to my regretful surprise, a laughing voice said, “Well, hi Peggy. I’m so happy you called! I’ve been thinking about you.” Uh-Oh! It was the marathon talker. I was stuck!