Despite being the only two people left in our household, my husband and I still tend to have three and four-way conversations. And nobody is on the phone.
Richie went out to breakfast with his Mom yesterday and when he pulled into the driveway, I let our dog, Otis, know “Daddy’s home!” My husband talked with us for a minute on the deck and then went into the house to get another cushion (it rained the night before, so we bring them in). I heard my husband’s next conversation through the kitchen window screen. He was also confirming to “The Dude” that he was back.
Other days we might acknowledge that we didn’t hear or understand what was said:
“What? I didn’t catch that.”
“I wasn’t talking to you. I was talking to Kapper.”
Are the additional conversations no different than talking to houseplants? Maybe we’ve always talked to the pets but are only now paying attention to one another? Either way, I wonder if this post will get us more conversations with household visitors – or less?