I’ve always stuck my nose in things that were none of my business. I hate to be the one who isn’t “in the know.” I don’t even have to know the people involved. If I’m in a grocery line up and the people one line over are having a great fight I’ll put down the People magazine and lean over the gum display to hear better. In fact, you could all do me a big favor and speak up if you’re talking about something really good.
I suspect this fascination with other’s lives is due in part because my own life is fairly boring. Don’t get me wrong- I don’t want trauma and drama in my own life, but I do like to hear about it. This is why I’ve always been a reader. I’m attracted to the conflict. Books aren’t small. The things that happen to the characters MATTER. With books you have a front row seat to everything that happens and how the characters respond. A movie producer once said, don’t give me accidents give me disasters, don’t give me funny give me hilarious; don’t make me sad, make me weep. Books give us a chance to be in the middle- and I can’t imagine a better place to be.
Do you eavesdrop in public?