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Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)
TITLE: I'm Listening
By Michelle Blackmon
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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.”
“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?”
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."
“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.
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