“There are two types of people,” said my dad in one of his random bits of wisdom that’s remained in my brain for some 50 years.
“The Takers and the Givers,” said he.
Oh. How. Right. He. Proved. To. Be. That life has proven him to be.
“There are two types of people. The Talkers and the Listeners.”
When you strip the statements down to their basics, the fundamental is identical. Takers = Talkers. Givers = Listeners
I’ve been seeing — rather, listening — to it in action for the past 1-1/2 hours. At a cafe. Two gals guesstimated 20-21 years old at the next table.
The blonde has been yammering yammering yammering for just about the entire time. Spilling out her evidently boyfriend problems in dull dramatic detail. “Like he said this, then I said that, then he said he didn’t know how to do that, and I said …” you get the picture.
Her friend with long dark hair has been listening listening, rarely commenting and even more strikingly not riveted to her cell phone, which is the modern American custom.
Irony is, from what I overheard before popping in the earbuds and dialing up Pandora, the gist of the Talker’s — the blonde’s — ceaseless chattering is Dull Drivel.
oops, dozed off
Meanwhile, the friend with the straight long raven hair who’s hardly said anything comparatively has much more to talk about. Much more interesting content at least.
She’s about 6 months pregnant.
I am that Raven. Minus an infant-in-creation. Or the hair.
I’m the one who Listens Listens Listens Listens Listens Listens and Listens to the entire world. To the entire fucking world.
I am the Giver in my dad’s equation.
And in this current scenario, the Blonde Chatty Cathy is the Taker. Take take take take taking up air space. Taking up time and energy from Raven — who should be cited for her patience.
This scene got me thinking. If Blonde Chatty Cathy is already so ENGROSSED in her own adolescent-y stuff, is such a selfish Taker and Talker at age 20 (ish), what’s she gonna be like when she’s 30, 40?
Because by that time, you can’t blame Diarrhea of the Mouth on youth or immaturity.
I can tell you what she’s gonna be like: One in an infinite number of middle-aged women who doesn’t shut the fuck up.
It’ll be all about her, her kids, her husband, what they’re doing, not doing, what she said, what they said …. blahblahblahblahblahblahblah ………………..
So dad, you were absolutely spot-on.
There’s two kinds of people in the world: The Takers and the Givers.
The ratio in my observation: 80% to 20%.
AND: There are the Talkers and the Listeners.
That ratio: 95% to 5%.
Praise the lord for Pandora and earbuds!! — for without ’em, well, either I’d-a grabbed the long hair of Blonde Chatty Cathy and dragged her outta the cafe caveman/woman style …. or this post woulda been bursting with profanities!
The final word I leave to this dear ol’ dude: