You know that cartoon that shows cats and dogs – what their owners say and what they hear? There are lots of variations like this one.
It's not only pets that have selective hearing. Children do, too. (And spouses.)
I always wondered why my mother never told me that rinsing egg off the dish in cold water is only necessary when the egg is not cooked. She probably did tell me. (This was a source of some embarrassment to me as a 20-something, while dining with in-laws. Oh, well. That marriage failed. Water under the bridge.)
I always wondered why my mother never told me that sex feels really good. On this one, I have to say, I think I know the answer. Look where it got her – seven kids and stuck at home.
I always wondered why my mother never told me I could do anything, go anywhere, conquer the world. I wish she could have. The woman didn't even learn to drive until she was in her 40's. Imaginations only stretch so far.
I've always wondered why my mother never said, “I love you.” I think when she called me “Polly-Lolly”, that's what she meant.
I'm 65 years old and still need my mother. Thank Heaven for my big sister, who nurtures in her stead.