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.