Here’s a crazy thing:
Apparently I make noise while listening to stories.
Elysha and I were driving home from a storytelling show recently. After each show, we run through the stories, discussing what we liked and perhaps didn’t like about each one. At one point, she said, “I know you didn’t like the ending of that story.”
“How did you know?” I asked.
“I heard you,” she said. “You make these sounds when listening to stories. I’ve learned to decipher them.”
“Seriously?” I asked.
“Yes” she said. “In fact, I know that you didn’t like the ending of so-and-so’s story, but then, at the last second, you changed your mind and loved it.”
I hit the brakes on the car. I couldn’t believe it. That was exactly how I had felt about the story. I hated the ending, but then, in the last three or four sentences, the storyteller flipped it and made it work beautifully.
“You can tell all that just by listening to me listening to a story?”
“Yup,” she said.
I was both elated that my wife knew me so well and absolutely terrified about what other possible unintentional auditory information I have been divulging on a daily basis.