There’s a phenomena that I need to get some feedback on, it has to do with communication between men and women, most likely only between men and women who have been in a relationship for a while, i.e. married.
In brief, what happens is that the women talk and the men can’t hear them so the men are always having to say things like “I can’t hear you!” and the women are always having to get annoyed at the men for being so useless.
I am one such long-suffering man as my wife, wonderful as she so clearly is, has a tendency to just start talking to me irrespective of the direction she is facing and the distance she is away from me. Combine this with a lack of attention to clarity and volume and we have quite a few “I can’t hear you.” situations between us. So many in fact that I’ve started to up the anti by saying things like “If you want me to hear what you’re saying it’s best to point your mouth in my general direction first!”. This, of course, is what is known in English as asking for trouble.
The strangest part of all is that this breakdown of communication is always the man’s fault. It’s as if the men are supposed to have an inbuilt Wife-Speak detector that can signal any imminent incoming communication from the female thus enabling them to shuffle around quickly so that their ears are within range of her mouth in time to hear what is being said. This need for the man to be in the right position is particularly important when the communication is in the categories of; nagging, instructing, complaining or venting but to be honest, any inability of the man to hear what the woman is saying is a failure on the man’s part.
I thought it was just me who was so utterly useless but yesterday I overheard at least two men saying the same things (po polsku) while they were trailing their wives around the shopping centre so now I’m wondering if this is more common that I thought.
Anyone else have this problem? Should we start a movement, the IWC (Incoherent Wives Club)?
I’ll get my coat.