I am just getting over a vicious stomach bug and my goal today was to make it to my 6-hour graduate class. My plan was to sit in the back and just take it all in. Ha! Yeah right. I did sit in the back, but you would never know that I wasn’t feeling 100%. I found the topic of “Budgeting for School Principals” completing interesting. I was engaged in all discussions and tried to be articulate. At least it made the time go by fast.
Clearly I love to participate and I process things verbally. My husband is the total opposite. I learned this when we went to a Pre-Cana marriage retreat about 6 years ago. My husband was not thrilled that there were only 5 other couples. It didn’t take long for there to be an awkward silence when the presenter asked the group a question. It was a quiet group and everyone avoided the presenter’s eyes and shifted uncomfortably in his or her chair. I couldn’t stand this. I could tell my husband rolled his eyes when my hand shot up. Here she goes again I bet he thought.
It didn’t end there. For the rest of the day I couldn’t help it, but offered lots of personal stories to add to the discussion. Why wasn’t anyone else talking? Doesn’t anyone hate the awkward silence? Oh well! I was engaged and the time flew by! Just like today.