Sometimes I forget how easy it is to make people think you're listening. Now, before you label me as a heartless monster, let me explain.
Some days, after a cappella, I end up a little late to lunch and, for some reason, my friends never save me a spot. They save a spot for everyone else and won't let anyone else sit there, but my spot just gets taken for some reason... Anyways. I digress. When that happens, I usually end up by myself at the end of the table (i'll pause here it let you shed a tear for poor, forsaken kira) and this happened yesterday. Okay, I'm not entirely alone, but I ended up next to this girl named Brittany (its a hit or miss as to if she decides to talk to me or not), and another girl named Jordan (she's either reading books that have pictures of muscular men on the cover, or she's talking about her latest boyfriend) and a guy named Daniel. I like Daniel (he's in my a cappella class), but I think I may intimidate him a little. He's not much of a conversationalist, or, at least not around me. But that day, I decided I needed to talk, and for some reason we got on the topic of dogs. I don't know how or why we decided to talk about our dogs, but we were. idk. And, since I was lonely Kira, and wanted someone to keep me company, I decided to try and make him talk some more. So, I kind of raised my eyebrows a little and leaned in a little bit and rested my chin on my hands, and it worked! He kept talking.... and I got stuck listening to stories about his german shepherd/husky mix. But, I was absolutely amazed at how well faking my interest worked. I know I sound like a really bad person, but hey, its better than awkward silence. Now, this isn't to say that if I look like I'm listening to you, I'm not. 95% of the time, I'm listening. It's just funny that if you maintain a lot of eye contact and keep a pleasant half-smile on your face, and lean in a little, people really open up to you.
Or maybe that's just me.
idk. I thought it was interesting.