You’re rambling!

Today’s prompt from 365 Days of writing prompts has led me to a title which gives me free rein to write down all the things which have risen to the top of my mind.

My title is a catch phrase from the popular television series of yesteryear – Dad’s Army.  “You’re rambling!” was used by Fraser, a Scottish member of the Home Guard.   There was also a film.

So I am going to ramble, which is quite different from going for a ramble!

UK readers might be interested to note that the book I reviewed last week is now on sale.  (The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances.)  If you are able to buy it from a bookshop, so much the better.  Online competition is putting many out of business.

I have been amusing some friends with stories of real events.

Deafness is an invisible disability.  There may be hints if hearing aids are in evidence, but with many people preferring aids which are almost invisible, clues might be difficult to spot.  They include someone

  • smiling and not replying to a question
  • making an inappropriate response
  • ignoring a friendly greeting

Here is a real telephone conversation.  (I’ll keep the participants anonymous to protect the innocent!)

“Does your vicar ever preach?”

“Not that I’ve noticed.”

“What? Never?”

“What did you ask me?”

“Does your vicar ever preach?”

“I thought you said, ‘Does he have a twitch?’”

I have noticed that I don’t always hear correctly and have had a hearing test.  At present I do not need extra help with my hearing, but perhaps I need to listen more carefully.

So where are my ramblings taking me?

There is a need for people to speak clearly, looking at the person they are speaking to.  Even if we are unaware of it, we do hear better if we are watching someone’s lips.  Lip-reading is a specialised skill.  I once met a very good lip-reader, who could tell whether someone was a Northerner or a Southerner by watching them.  In Britain Northerners open their mouths wider!  I’m sure lip-readers find more differences, just as people with good hearing do.

There is also a need for people to listen well and make sure that they understand and are being understood.  It is so easy for people to miss that something was intended as a joke.  (Here I am a chief offender.)

Deaf people can easily be excluded if those around them are not careful to keep them abreast of a conversation.  It is unfortunate that many social settings are the most difficult.  A high level of background noise (from others talking amongst themselves) is difficult for anyone with impaired hearing.

Another thing which preoccupies me at present regards interactions on social media.

When other bloggers write posts which draw us in, how involved is it wise to become?

On Twitter is everyone using the same Twittiquette?  (My invented word – or do you know of an earlier instance?)

Here endeth the ramble.

365 Days of Writing Prompts

March 13

Silver screen

Take a quote from your favourite movie—there’s the title of your post. Now, write!

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5 thoughts on “You’re rambling!

  1. I had one ear stopped up for awhile. It made me more aware of what a deaf (or just hearing-impaired) person must go through. I am very thankful that all is well now.


  2. This week a young lady in my early-morning religion class had an assignment to be deaf and mute for 24 hours as a practice “exam” in her sign-language class. She warned me ahead of time, so I was somewhat prepared to write more on the board, face her as I spoke and used some of my rudimentary knowledge of signing, but it was definitely stressful for her and me as well! It was quite educational for me to be more aware of communication with someone who is hearing impaired. Gail at Making Life An Art


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