I have a pet peeve. Well, I have a few but this one has gotten on my nerves since a very young age and I would just like to
rant talk about it for a moment.
Imagine you’re at a public gathering, a party, a dinner, etc. You’ve had your fill of talking or something is suddenly on your mind so you grow silent. Then, suddenly, someone who you weren’t speaking to notices and says quite brazenly, “Well, you’re a quiet one. Why don’t you talk?”
In my mind I’m thinking, “Well, you’re a loud one! Why don’t you talk less?”
It can be kind of cute when an old, grandfatherly type says this because they somehow manage to make it sound like a compliment or quickly chase it with one. Most of the time, however, it’s like loudly pointing out that a piece of spinach is stuck in someone’s teeth. Not that wanting some quiet time during a social gathering should be considered akin to greens in your choppers. It’s just that many of those who use this phrase or those similar are putting you on the spot by doing so. What? Am I supposed to say something now? Should I tell you why I’m not talking? Perhaps I should bark or do a trick for you?
I should probably take this moment to mention that my internal voice is far more sarcastic and snarky than my outward appearance. Yes, it’s true that those who get to know me will see that side of me but most vague acquaintances don’t realize how strange I actually am. So, when I come across the mentioned people above, on the outside I look embarrassed but on the inside I’m embarrassed and silently imagining dumping my drink over their head to keep them from saying the idiotic words that usually follow.
So, word to the wise: If there’s a “quiet one” in the group, ask their name or maybe their opinion on something rather than risk someday actually getting that surprise shower. Didn’t your mother ever tell you that it was the quiet ones you should look out for?