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I absolutely love to hear from readers. Thank you so much for writing. Terry and Barb emailed responding to last Friday's column about how difficult it is these days to just walk up to someone and start a conversation.
From my Email Bag:
"Dear Suzanne, I would like to be able to approach someone, but usually shy away, unlike my mother. Mom is the type of person that everyone engages into a conversation wherever we are. They want to know if she likes the shoes they are trying on, or what did she order to eat, and did she like it, or coming out of a movie they want a review. Sometimes I have to break into the conversation and remind her we need to get moving along. She even gets people who call the wrong number at her home and have a half-hour conversation with her. At the end they ask for her phone number, so they can call her again. I don't know how, but just being around her makes people want to talk to her. She is a wonderful person, I'm blessed to have her and she always has time for each and every person she meets. Thanks for reading with me,"--Terry
"Suzanne, I've often felt that instead of thinking I'll rob them, people don't want to chat anymore because now they bring their home/friends/work, basically their everything--life with them via the cell phone. Most people sit around, totally unapproachable for that initial eye contact that used to lead to a nice friendly chat. Especially on long train trips, bus trips, sitting in waiting rooms, etc. Have you experienced the guy at the market discussing the carrots that are on special, with his wife, via the Blue Tooth yet? It looks like he is either self-important, whipped, or off his rocker talking to himself. It's all so confusing and isolating. I wish trains and buses and other public spaces would have a No Cell Phone sign, like the No Smoking sign. Then we'd all be forced to do what comes natural--talk! And I might be able to drum up small talk with someone at the market about those great carrots, maybe swap a recipe or two. Have a great day,"--Barb
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