I always found conversation difficult.
Two reasons :
- I can’t maintain a pretend level of interest for longer than one second.
- I can’t break my habit of telling the truth, which seems to be social suicide.
I needed to find a way round this.
I needed a plan for when dialogue fails.
If I didn’t speak then would I actually be lying?
Without speech, I could pretend interest for much longer by just nodding and occasionally moving my eyebrows up and down randomly.
I got some carded paper and I wrote down a response to everything anyone could possibly say to me.
I wrote it on a few cards small enough to fit in a pocket.
I figure I could keep different cards in different pockets so I could communicate quickly.
Then , like Tony Orlando and his communication system, I would never have to talk again.
I had my cards at the ready.
Yes — No. —. Don’t know — Nothing
None of your business. – What do you think?
How are you? —No reason —Because — mmm —
Ha-Ha — Funny — -Go away — Fine
I like frogs
You know what question the first person I saw asked me?
What’s that in your hair?
I lifted my hand up and pulled out a piece of cheese.
My card was at the ready.
What do you think?
It looks like cheese.
How on earth did you end up with a piece of cheese in your hair?
I started to move my eyebrows up and down randomly showing off my social skills.
None of your business
You’re a strange one.
I like frogs.
The system works.
Tim Willow’s Additional Thoughts
I did feel relieved as the cheese almost revealed my monkey based free cheese system
I’ll give you a stupid answer.
Shout out to the :
Go to the link for the #coolprompts thingie. I chose “when dialogue fails” for my attempt.
#coolprompts 29 august – 3 september
There are 3 variants/choose any:
- use the phrase ‘when dialogue fails’ in your text
- explain when dialogue fails and why – from psychological point of view
- give an example of the situation through a real or fictional dialogue