“How was your day today?” – wifey asked.
I had returned from a tough day’s work at office. We were having the evening tea together. This is the usual 30 min break for me before I open up the laptop again, and complete the remaining tasks for the day.
ME: Yeah, it was fine..
WIFE: Well, don’t you want to know how my day was? (feeling a bit disappointed with my one liner answer, and no follow up question)
ME: (I really don’t want to hear.. But let me be try to be a good hubby) Yeah… yeah.. How was your day, dear?
WIFE: Well… it was ok.. I mean.. There were some good, and some “not so good” moments, you know – the typical kind of day.
Dear readers – let me make another confession today. I suffer from “Selective Listening”. My wife makes it sound like a problem, but I really think of it as my ability – ability to “not clutter my brain with unnecessary information”. After all, I am already short changed with the amount of grey matter up there – so, need to expend it wisely.
WIFE: After you dropped me at work at 9…. Blah blah blah…
ME: I look at her, with this seemingly interested expression.
WIFE: Then at 11, Susan came and …… blah blah blah
ME: (Interested expression continues, its been close to 5 minutes, time to insert a comment just to make-believe that I am listening) Well.. That’s interesting… (I have no idea what she said, but interesting is an “interesting” word that denotes NEUTRAL emotions)
WIFE: Interesting.. It was hilarious… and then, We went out for lunch at 12:30… had great food at the new restaurant.. The menu.. Blah.. Blah
Then I came home at 5, and guess what.. I find this guy standing at our door.. Blah… blah.. Blah…
ME: Oh! Really…
WIFE: Really.. Of course, really.. So, I made this guy plant… blah.. Blah.. blah
The phone rings.. Mother has called. Thankfully. Wife-mom conversations usually takes a long time. Brain switches on to “Balanced” mode – Selective Hearing controls OFF.
Its dinner time. I walk out to the back porch to get some fresh air. The porch seems to be cleaned up – new flower pots have been put – a lovely rose plant kept at the two corners. Hmm.. Guess, my wife did lot of work today.
I sit at the dinner table…
ME: Hey, seems like you had the porch cleaned up today? Did the gardener come?
WIFE: (Looks at me with the “How can you ask such a question” expression) ARI!! I just told you an hour or two ago about all this.. The guy at the door when I returned from work today… you did not listen.. Huh?
I will spare the details of the catastrophe (rather Wrathostrophe) that followed… well.. Well.. One of those days, when the Powersaver mode left me in BIG trouble! I think its ok – need to work out the pros and cons… the pros of saving the clutter in my brain through the POWERSAVER mode, seems to far outweigh the occasional BAD DAY!
What do you guys think?