Am I the only one who hates idle pointless conversation? Yesterday while I was checking out at the grocery store the clerk struck up a conversation. She mentioned the book I bought was really good (Revolutionary Road for anyone who cares). I told her I had wanted to read the book before I watch the movie and we both agreed that books are usually better than movies. Than she asks if I am Dan ______ ‘s sister. I said, yes I am. She then tells me how she went to high school with him and I went to school with her sister. In my mind, I am thinking, wow freaking do. Were you friends with my brother? No. I was slight friends with her sister but we have not talked since high school. I guess this is where I come off as a bitch/ not nice person. But really, I don’t know what to say when people bring this random connection up to me. Like, oh how nice, or what is appropriate? I hate these types of conversations, which is generally why I avoid all people from high school when I see them out in public. We have nothing in common anymore. We do not speak. We rarely spoke in high school. No need to get all reminiscent over a past that wasn’t so cheery. I have no idea what to say to them. Surely I cannot be the only one who feels like this??
Then the other day my friend’s mother-in-law was driving me bonkers. She kept bringing up how much time she had spent in the hospital with people recently. Finally, I said, “You know, me too. My grandma passed away last week.” Hoping she would STOP talking about sick people. I am sorry, but I CANNOT handle that right now. I don’t want to hear about how your loved ones are doing fine, while my grandma WAS fine and then she died within 6 days of FALLING DOWN. One of my dad’s great-aunts did the same thing hours after I found out my grandma was going to die. I’m sorry; I don’t want to hear about your “tests.” If you are going to talk about your WELL-BEING please do somewhere away from people who are experiencing the OPPOSITE OF BEING FINE.
I know this kind of snowballed out of the main topic of, pointless conversation, but in I guess the theme could be awkward conversation. I detest awkward conversation. Silence would be preferable than awkward pointless drivel.
Am I the only heartless one or does someone else feel the same? I mean I am all about random conversations and talking to random strangers, but people you sorta kinda knew once upon a time, but not really? No thank you!