What do you like to chat about? For me there is nothing better than chatting on the sofa with family and friends. But, can you imagine hearing people chat about you as if you are not there? Or worse still, hearing people say nasty things about your family as if you are not there or part of them. Using a voice usually reserved for babies and toddlers, occasionally when I meet new people or some professionals working with disabled children, I am treated to a charade of high pitched, sing-song toddler talk. Combined with a volley of over-used rhetorical questions, with an answer neither expected or waited for, the result is an auditory over-load.
Why do people talk to us like this? Often it reflects their own insecurities and in the case of professionals the pervading culture with special children. Silence seems to scare people; silence in conversation is its life-breath.
Wonderfully I am blessed by people around me who interact with me like a ten-year-old, looking at me when they talk and giving me time to respond. Thinking of my next witty remark and making people laugh is so invigorating.
Any interaction is better than none, so please chat to people like me!