Monday, December 3, 2012

Would Someone Please Fix That Drip???

Have you ever been driven to distraction by the odd little habits of a friend, loved one, co-worker or even a stranger?



Yesterday at church, two women sat in the pew in front of me. I don't know them, but I think they might have been mother and daughter. Throughout the sermon, the younger woman continually stroked the older woman's hair. No big deal, right? It isn't...yet for some reason, it became such a distraction, I was unable to focus on the sermon. My eyes kept going back to the girl's hand, moving in a repeated pattern. Finally, I had to block them from my field of vision in a not-so-subtle-manner. I didn't want to offend them, but....

My dad used to say he couldn't watch TV because I had one of those annoying habits. I would make small kicking movements when I crossed my legs. He had one as well. He would stroke his eyebrow continually.

It was like listening to a dripping faucet.



There was an episode of I Love Lucy, years ago, in which Rock Hudson was enlisted by Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) to tell Lucy a story about a man whose wife had left him over an annoying little quirk. I wonder...why do we find such seemingly insignificant things unbearable sometimes?

Do you have any such quirks? Does anyone in your life have any? How do you deal with them?

10 comments:

  1. My dad does this sort of muted whistle that drives my mother nuts on occasion.

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    1. That was the quirk in the story Rock Hudson told Lucy and Ethel!

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  2. Here's one that has caused my tongue severe damage from repeated biting. People who premise every request with, "is there any way you can...?"

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  3. I crack my knuckles and chew my inner cheek, which I am sure annoy people. My fiance shakes his right leg, and vicariously, the entire couch when we're watching TV. It's so obnoxious. I am sure psychologists would have some fancy explanation like we're projecting anxiety of some other inner turmoil onto the person doing the annoying quirk... but I am sure it's much simpler than that. ;)

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    1. I've wondered if these things might be neurological, something that's going on in the brain. I had restless leg syndrome for a long time, but when my neurologist put me back on Dilantin, it went away--along with the kicking problem.

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  4. I hum and sometimes break into full-fledged song in places like grocery stores and don't even realize it. Until somebody snarls, "Would you shut up already?"

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  5. I wouldn't know where to start Norma haha!

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  6. p.s. Loved Lucille Ball, the original slapstick comedian!!

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  7. Funny you should mention this. A few weeks ago, a couple sat a few rows in front of me at church, and the wife kept stroking her husband's back. It didn't bother me at first, but then it got really annoying!

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