Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

"I was in the bathroom and I noticed there was water in the bath."

We have a problem with our cold tap at the moment. If someone requires a bath they need to run it hot a couple of hours before it's needed and leave it to cool. My husband fancied a bath this evening so once our son was in bed, he ran a bath. Fast forward half an hour and Little Bear takes a trip to the loo. The above statement was shouted down the stairs at a ridiculous volume. What Little Bear really meant from that statement was a question.

"Why is there water in the bath and more importantly is the bath for me?"

This illustrates a vital point that our eloquent 5 year old has yet to grasp. If you have a question which needs answering, say what you mean!

I have regularly been in the presence of people who say a lot but rarely what they mean to say. It is frustrating. One feels that they should always be using their psychic ability (or lack of it) to determine what is going on behind the bluster. It's very tiring.

So for the love of all things earthly, please Little Bear and everyone else, say what you mean and mean what you say. Alternatively you could try an interpreter, sub-titles, morse code, or psychic Sally - because I am no bloody use at all.