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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)

TITLE: I'm Listening
By Michelle Blackmon


“Why won’t you listen?”


Sigh. “I just don’t understand how you. How do you get an idea in your head, about what you think I like, and you take that idea and you run with it. Why won’t you just listen to me? I mean REALLY listen to me. If you did then you would know what I want.”

“Well, I…”

“Seriously! I tell you something and you just listen to the words. You don’t pick up on the tone and the nuances of what I am really trying to tell you. After almost 20 years of marriage, how can you still have trouble knowing what I am saying?”

“I’m really…”

It’s not like I am trying to hide my feelings from you. I talk and talk and you don’t have a clue as to what I am saying. Do you ever really pay attention to me? I feel so small and unimportant when you won’t take the time to know what I am trying to say to you. Isn’t what I want important anymore?”

“Honey, you know…”

“I feel like my mouth is moving but you aren’t hearing what I am saying! Aren’t my feelings important? Isn’t what I want important?”

“I’m so sorry…”

I feel so alone, so hurt and so tired. I wonder why I even try to talk to you. I really don’t think you even care.”

“Now, baby, you know…”

“Well, when is the last time you showed me you care by paying attention to what I want? Do you even know what my needs are?”

“What about the…”

“I didn’t think you could come up with something! I know that I can’t. It has just been too long. Why do I even try anymore?”

“Because, I love you.”


“You know I do. Deep in your heart, I know you do. I may show it in ways that you don’t always understand, but I do love you and I always have.”


“I have tried to show you my love, but I guess I haven’t always been as clear as I need to be."

“Yes, but…”

“I try my best to keep you safe from harm and to provide for you and our family. I pray for you, early every morning before you wake. I love watching you sleep, so peacefully. You are so beautiful."

“I didn’t know…”

“I think of you all day long while I am working and you are at home with the children. You are so special to me. I am the luckiest man in the world to have you, my precious gift from God. I will never stop loving you.”

What do I say? How do I respond to this new revelation? There is only thing that I can say.

“I’m listening.”

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AnneRene' Capp01/29/10
This was a bit challenging for me to follow, however, I was very touched by the essence of your story.
Jan Ackerson 02/01/10
I wanted to just tell her to be QUIET. Glad she got the message at the end.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/01/10
I'm glad the husband finally got to say something. I often do this to my husband. We both thank you for the gentle reminder.
Ruth Brown02/02/10
What a patient husband. He needed to tell her sooner, if he could just find an opening.
Jackie Wilson02/03/10
A good reminder to us to be quiet and listen! Thanks.
PamFord Davis 02/04/10
Nice eye opener...We often think we are not not getting needed attention. We may have blinders on, heart and ears closed to truth....
Sarah Elisabeth 02/04/10
Hey Michelle, the highest rankings were just posted on the forums, congrats on placing 6th in Level 1! Awesome job, you can view the rankings here: