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Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Good Listener

A good listener is someone you can talk to because they are actually listening to what you are saying. Supposedly, "good listeners" give auditory feedback to let you know they're listening, but with Belinda, I don't even have to worry that I'm not receiving the auditory feedback. If I'm in the middle of talking, I'm not listening for her Mmm-hmms, I sees, or Yeah, I understands...because I can plainly see from her face that she is, in fact, listening.

I mean, if I tell her my infamous Michael Jackson joke, I'm sensing the shock she's feeling--based on her facial expresion. (And, yeah, I would prefer a shocked reaction over no reaction...)

If I told her that the song isn't really called Like a Cheese Stick, she's displaying the surprised look. Thank goodness there's one other person out there, besides me, who thought that's what the lyrics really were! Otherwise, I would've felt like an idiot...

If I told her that my grandma got a high rating on HotorNot.com, once again, I'm getting the expression of unbelievable...but honestly, I don't know why she would find it unbelievable that my grandma got a high rating. I mean, it's pretty obvious Gram's a "looker."

If I told her that The Office plans to continue without Steve Carrell, I would get the impression that she's completely stunned (like the rest of us).

But what really wins me over is when I talk to Belinda about guys (or lack thereof). I can say, "Yeah, I haven't been asked out on a date in eight years," and she has an expression written all over her face that gives me a boost of self-confidence--she looks astounded. And really, that makes me feel good. It lets me know that even she can't believe I haven't been asked out and she too, is thinking, What's wrong with these guys? I can even say to her, "Oh, I don't think he likes me like that," and she'll look just as surprised. She doesn't need to say, "Shannon, you're wrong, he really does like you like that," because I can just read her face and it tells me more than any words ever could.

And this, my friends, is why I like talking to Belinda...because she always looks so interested and surprised at what I have to say.


  1. belinda would be my best friend. youre lucky that you know her aand are friends with her.

  2. A good listener...a priceless quality in a friend!

    Hi Shannon! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Now I get to come say hello to you, too! I have a lot of admiration for anyone who works with autistic kids. :)

  3. What a great post, very inspirational. :-)

  4. Yes, I can see Belinda's skill/quality as a Great friend! :-)

    P.S. I admire you greatly too for your career choice. Good teachers in the last 5 years have made all the difference for my son with Asperger's. Had to move to another state to find them.. and so very thankful I did. :-)

  5. That is h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s!! There was an office lady at my middle school that was always "shocked" and "surprised"! I really enjoyed reading this! I am your newest follower from Networking Thursday. I'd love for you to follow back at KylaKreates. Thanks!

  6. Thank you for sharing a good laugh today! Needed one of those!

    I'm your newest follower! Stop by Ashalinaballerinaandme.blogspot.com sometime!



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