Thursday, July 22, 2010

Selective Hearing

I don't know whether the above is particularly common to men (or men aged 35 and above), but I am experiencing it and have heard people talk  about this.

A few months back I was talking to an elderly relative. Her husband is very particular about money. Sometime earlier he had had a bad cold and his hearing was affected for a few days. One day this aunt had asked him to help her with something and he, naturally, could n't hear. After some time she was talking to someone over the phone about some money matters and after she had put the phone down the uncle wanted to know what the money was spent on!

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Yesterday, I was doing some cleaning in one room and H was in the adjacent room. We could hear each other pretty well across the wall and were having occasional conversations.
At some point,
Me: We have to clean the loft. The existing cupboards are full and we have to make room for the new baby's things...
H: (No response)
Me: There is space in the loft for all the unused stuff
H: (No response)
Me: If possible, today....
H (No response yet...)
Me: (Suddenly remembering the first mentioned instant, and without raising my voice) You know what...That Micromax mobile phone...
H: (Suddenly rushes into the room) What what??
Me: (Grinning...)
H: No...I thought you were saying something about the oven...
Me: Hmmm...Kuppura vizhunthaalum....

9 comments:

Jayashree said...

Ha...ha...selective hearing is a distinctive characteristic of men.

anubharat said...

lol so true :). Me aged 35+ ellam illa. men in general have this feeling wife pesinaale not worth hearing nnu. Have been reading your blog last couple of days and you have a well written blog.

Shankari said...

LOL! I face the same thing with H also, but he has always been this way only from the time he was 21 :)

Hema said...

Jayashree -It is!
Anu-Thanks:)
Shankari-What??!

Vidya said...

Men and selective hearing go together. And so does parallel processing! Specially when they are watching TV!

ambulisamma said...

May be all the men are like that,since they are from Mars.

Hema said...

Vidya- I thought PP is zero while watching TV?!
AA-I know!

PV said...

All men are like dis wonly

But this can be used to one's advantage:

In your sweetest (think engagement days) voice - say the following to your better half:

Dear - the house needs cleaning, telephone bill needs to be paid, electrician needs to repair the fixtures, school fees for kids needs to be paid , Oh I took 50K from your acct for some necessary shopping

Hema said...

PV- Great idea:)