Active listening pays off.
My formative years were spent in two states: New York and New Jersey, both of which are known for their straight talk, mind your business, but keep it business attitudes, so admittedly, the fact that I was STARING at two people while they were deep in conversation is an absolute “no ma’am”! Yes, I was staring as they conversed. I, who have judged staring as a southern trait–believe me, here in the south it’s seen as showing interest not being nosy–picked up the dirty little habit for 15 whole minutes (give or take 3 seconds).
What’s interesting about me staring? Not so much the part about me being a Northerner and finding it rude but the fact that I didn’t understand a word that was being said. The two people were speaking another language…sign language. Their hands moved as swiftly as hummingbirds and the conversation was obviously fluid.
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