The other morning while having breakfast my husband said, “Listen. Do you hear that?”
What?” I asked.
“That whoosha whoosha sound.”
I listened intently. “Nope. All I hear is the ticka ticka ticka of the refrigerator in its thaw cycle.”
“No,” he replied. It’s definitely a whoosha whoosha.”
I cocked my head toward the fridge. “No it’s ticka ticka.”
“Wait,” he said. “It’s changed. It’s now zzz zzz zzz, like the vibrating sound my toy football players used to make on their metal field.
“That’s more of a rooma rooma rooma noise.” I replied.
“No. It’s zzz zzz zzz,” he insisted.
Breakfast was on hold and the cereal got soggy in our bowls as we argued back and forth while the sounds of the thawing cycle of the fridge changed every few minutes. Neither of us heard what the other heard.
Finally, the debate ended with a Ka-thunk at the end of the defrost cycle. Silence filled the kitchen
“I don’t hear anything now.” I spooned up a serving of mushy bran cereal, anxious to get back to my breakfast before it dissolved any more.
“Tick tock tick tock,” hubby said as the Mickey Mouse clock second hand rounded the clock face.
“I hear that,” I said.
It was the only sound we agreed on…and it’s one that is universally known to represent a clock.
Now, I know men are from Mars and women are from Venus, and we are different in sooooo many ways. But I always thought hearing was hearing. After all, our ears, male or female, are built the same way. We have the same little ear canals connected to the same parts of the brain. I knew, even when I couldn’t hear the sounds, what the writers meant when Batman and Robin fought the bad guys and cartoon balloons appeared on the television screen screaming BAM! POW! SOCKO!
But that morning in the kitchen I had a revelation: I wasn’t to blame when I couldn’t get a mechanic to understand me! All those years I failed to fully communicate with male mechanics wasn’t because I lacked something.
When my husband describes a funny sound in our car, the mechanics all nod their heads knowingly. But when I describe the odd sounds, the male mechanics look at me like I have two heads. I always wondered why I could never get my point across to them, no matter how many times I repeated the explanation of the sounds.
Now, I know why. Apparently, men lack the finite hearing of a woman. They don’t hear things right. A rattle rattle, clatter clatter, boom boom boom probably sounds like chicka chicka, sissa sissa, thunk thunk thunk to them. And anyone with a pair of ears can hear that there’s a world of difference between the two sounds.
Hummm. Maybe I need a female mechanic. She’ll get it…unlike a guy.
What about you? Does your man hear the same things you do? And I don’t mean when someone speaks to you. That’s a whole ‘nother blog post. J
Catherine Castle writes sweet and inspirational romance that readers have described as really funny—even when she didn’t know it was funny. Check out her award-winning romantic comedy with a touch of drama A Groom for Mama.
A Groom for Mama
By Catherine Castle
Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.
The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.
A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.
Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.