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Put your listening ears on!

Mr. Bigears

While working in Kindergarten, first as a student teacher and later as a sub, I heard many a teacher telling small upturned faces to put on their listening ears. I thought it was cute and somehow it worked. It was a way to catch their attention and make them think about the fact that they were in control of their own bodies. These wonderful and sensitive teachers tuned into the fact that these kids just needed a little encouragement in order to develop the very important skill of listening.

My husband clearly never had such a sensitive teacher. He could use some serious practice putting on his listening ears. The latest example happened this morning as he was searching for some change to buy the bread for breakfast. He didn’t have enough money and asked me if I had any spare change. Well, I was in the middle of some very sticky diaper changing and told him to look in my purse. Did he? What do you think? Hmmm….Let’s see.

After I finished changing the morning round of diapers, I asked him why he hadn’t gone out to buy the bread. He tells me that he doesn’t have enough money in his pocket. No kidding!?! Hadn’t we already been through that? As far as I know there is no someone with a magical remote control rewinding my conversations with my husband. However, there are times that I wonder.

I asked him if he had looked in my purse like I asked him to. He exclaims, “You never told me to look in your purse!” as he begins dumping out my purse. I calming take my purse from him finding the money and say, “I know you didn’t hear me tell you to look in my purse because that would mean you were listening.” He couldn’t help but grin. The grin spread wide across his face.

He never listens. I can never just say something to this man once and be done with it. No, no…that would be just too easy! His excuse is that I am not clear when I speak. Whatever.

Maybe, I should have simply told him to put on his listening ears?


The first bunny says to the second, “My butt hurts!” The second bunny answers, “What?!?”


I thought it was an appropriate picture because my husband is a big pain in my rear due to the fact that he never listens no matter how many times I repeat myself.

I still love ya, Mr. Bigears!

I picked out the top picture just for my husband due to his beautiful larger than the average size ears which by the way Petite Clown also sports. Funny thing is that she listens as well as her father. You’d think bigger ears better listener. You’d be wrong.

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  • kim April 28, 2006, 2:10 pm

    Well the thing is, he could have always taken the easy way out and said, I’m sorry, I didn’t understand you, since he speaks in french…my mom, her mother tongue was German, would tell my dad, I speak german, sometimes I don’t understand you, but really she was just not listening:)

    Cute post, Thomas has smaller than average ears, but he listens really well!:)

  • Pumpkin April 28, 2006, 2:15 pm

    Oh, Kim…he does use English as an excuse too!!! :)

  • carra April 28, 2006, 2:39 pm

    When something like that happens to me, I mean when my husband can’t be bothered to listen, he normally asks:
    – Would you like to write it down?
    It makes me furious and never works!

  • Pumpkin April 28, 2006, 5:35 pm

    It is called selective hearing, Carra. My husband has it too. ;)

  • Jessica April 28, 2006, 7:48 pm

    Nice post. I sense you are passionate about your writing. You should consider submitting to magazines.

    A book I recommend, if you haven’t already read it, is entitled “On Writing Well.” Very useful.

  • Pumpkin April 28, 2006, 8:05 pm

    I have always loved to write and my father often told me that he thought I would be a writer one day. I will have to look into it. I have been meaning to write for a bilingual site but every time I start to research someone needs me.

    However, I would love to write and get paid for it.

    I will check out the book because I need all the help I can get. :)

    Thank you, Jessica!

  • carra April 28, 2006, 9:49 pm

    Pupmkin: “I have been meaning to write for a bilingual site but every time I start to research someone needs me. ”

    I know the feeling – that’s why it takes my six months to write something that I could do over a weekend!

    I agree with Jessica I think you should try write and get paid for it, it seems like you enjoy writing, and what’s better than getting paid for doing something that you like?

  • Meredith April 29, 2006, 9:17 am

    Selective listening, ha, I know that one, it’s a sore point around here.

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