some people hear without listening

it seems a simple thing.
i talk. you hear. you understand.

but it isn't.

and there are probably as many ways as there are number of times you can tell someone the same thing and still have them respond as if they heard something entirely different.

so there i am explaining it again in a new way hoping for better.

and there i am explaining it again in much simpler way adding; 'do you understand?'

and there i am explaining it again in much simpler way still adding; 'look at me while i tell you so i know you are hearing me'

and there i am explaining it again in an even simpler way adding; 'repeat after me what you heard'

and finally i am cursing under my breath while i explain it again and add; 'tell me what it is you heard me say'

and then i'm just cursing.

and as i stand there frustrated i am reminded of my son and how we had to resort to concise two or three word instructions because 'clean your room' was a concept that was far too broad for him to grasp.

i wonder.

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