Wednesday, July 14, 2010

All Tuned Out

It must be true that men are programmed to tune out the women in their lives. The four guys in my home seem to have mastered this ability to zone off into another world when I need their attention.

If I take a minute to think about it, I bet that I can come up with some of their best tuning-out methods. Let's pretend to go inside those male heads and guess what they may be saying to themselves when I make a request or bring up a conversation topic.

  • "If I nod my head a couple of times and raise my eyebrows, she may think that I get what she's saying."

  • "I'll pretend to sleep."

  • "I better look like I'm at an intense stage of my video game. Maybe she'll think that I'm concentrating on winning a level or something."

  • "If I say what? a lot of times, she'll probably get one of my brothers to do it."

  • "Honey, I need to go to the bathroom."

  • "Just keep turning up the volume on the TV."

  • "Maybe I should tell Mom that Jillian is calling her."

  • "I could pretend that Mom is speaking Portuguese. I think that's what Dad does."
Happy Wednesday everyone!

32 comments:

bel said...

There is only 1 male head in my home, and I'm pretty sure it's thought all those things! Very cute!!

Diane said...

Oh no! I thought it was just my house, but now I see its an epidemic!!!! :O)

Dan said...

You forgot the thought bubble - "Can't she take a hint?"
when doing each of the actions.

BTW, the same happens to men from the women in their life, but in reverse. We're always being ambushed with "Don't you remember? I told you ..." when in fact it was not us it was told to.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I think it is a world wide epidemic


Yvonne.

Christy said...

Kate says, huh? Then wasa matta, mommy? (What's the matter?) Like she doesn't know. :) Happy Wednesday to you, too.

Angela said...

Ahhh!!!! I have four guys in my house too, plus a male dog. Honey, I feel your pain. Boy do I feel it. ;)

Randi said...

So true! My son is the master of this one: "If I say 'What?' but don't actually go see what Mom wants, maybe she'll forget she called for me."

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

you have cracked their code! My husband does the uh, huh. I could be asking him if I could use the credit card to by a Bentley and he'll go, uh, huh

Jenners said...

I think you have cracked the code of the male mind!! Perhaps you need to figure out a way to hack into the video games to submit your requests!

kisatrtle said...

never has there been a truer post

T Rex Mom said...

Is that what's going on? My little T Rex has the worst selective hearing. Maybe it's a male thing.

#1Nana said...

I'll let you in on my dirty little secret...I don't listen to my husband's stories about golf, or fishing, or trap shooting, or the latest developments in agricultural chemicals. I'm thinking this isn't a sex linked characteristic!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Wow, thanks for the insight.... and see I thought it was all about sex and food for boys! LOL.

吳婷婷 said...

我真心在追求我的夢想時,每一天都是繽紛的。因為我知道每一個小時都是實現理想 的一部份。..................................................

Valerie said...

Hmmm I guess I have a few put-off lines as well...grins

G said...

Darn. You found out our secrets for getting along without any effort.

He & Me + 3 said...

OMgosh...I had to laugh at the TV one because my husband does that all the time and i want to break the remote in half. LOL

glnroz said...

Men are "Pigs" arent we,, :)

Raj said...

Well Well Kelly - was reminded of the time a couple attended a marriage counselling program. The speaker advised that we should know our partners likes & dislikes! He asked men - if they knew what was the favourite flower of their partner. One guy turned to his wife & asked - isn't it self raising flour !!

Sabrina said...

This is hilarious. We actually have a name for that...we call it "Auto-Agree." Sometimes he goes into Auto-Agree and gives me all those comfort responses you learn about in Comm 101:
Uh huh...
Oh, yeah (non-commital laugh)
Hmm!
Mmmmm! (Fake interest)

Betty Manousos said...

Hilarious and true.No guys in my house LOL!

The Write Girl said...

Awww Septembermom...being ignored can't be fun. I'm sure it can be a chore to get them to listen!! Funny post :)

Mama Zen said...

Number three on that list is what I get at my house!

Michelle said...

I hate to tell you, but I think you're giving them FARRRRR too much credit ;)

Gerri said...

Devin tunes us out a lot. He doesn't even mask it well. I just call him on it. :)

bluecottonmemory said...

LOL! How can something so annoying be so funny when someone else says it? My boys suddenly have to go to the bathroom. "Then I'll do it," they say. Or, I've got homework to do," which works really well because what mom wants to interfer(sp) with homework. And then there's the, "O.K. - just as soon as this shows over." And you know then they have no intention of doing anything!

Debbie said...

Even my kids shake their heads in amazement at how my dear husband tunes me out!

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh man! So hilarious. I have SEVEN of those. Plus one of our horses is a male, our dog and three cats. YIKES.

So funny and so true, Kelly. I loves it over here. I love ya, girl. You brighten up any day.

Ivy and I have a GIRLS bathroom. The other one is for them. If you KNOW what I mean. hehe

Beth Kephart said...

I am laughing. Or how about when you have to repeat yourself three times and about five minutes later they ask you, What was that again?

Hyacynth said...

Oh, oh! I've got one:
"If I quote Super Why to her and tell her "see, that's not in my story", she'll believe me or have no rebuttal and abandon trying to get me to go potty.

Becca said...

HAHA! I believe I recognize a few of those! Gotta love those men!

Susan Fobes said...

My husband just looks at me blankly, then I know he hasn't heard anything. And you're right-it must be a "guy" thing because my son is starting to do it too, and he's only 7! LOL!