You would think that when you know someone for your entire life, and I mean literally since the day you were born, talking to them on the phone would be simple. That has never been the case for me.
I was talking to my sister earlier on the phone and I realized I have no idea what to say during the lulls in the conversation. This is someone with whom I have lived with and had countless conversations with and yet I found myself struggling to say anything when we were on the phone.
The concept of small talk has always confused me. I like words. I like language. But when it comes to idle chit chat I’m consistently at a loss. It’s bad enough when I have to talk to someone I’m close to, but when I have to talk to someone I’ve never met I become an utter mess.
Just the idea of small talk makes me cringe and I always worry about the fact that I come off as an anti-social bitch. For the most part that’s not the case, although there are those rare occasions where I genuinely don’t feel like talking.
In a world where your ability to hold a conversation about nothing makes you friends or helps you to get a job, what happens to the people who can’t?
A while back I was at my local diner (which I am now meaningless mayor of on Foursquare. Woo.) and I was talking to Justin about how this one friend of ours is REALLY gorgeous but doesn’t know it. I was saying how…