A few years ago Greg and I were eating dinner at a Shari’s restaurant close to where we live. We were having pleasant conversation – exchanging ‘niceties’ about the day when suddenly Greg looked at me and said, “Shhhh!! – did you hear that?” I looked around and listened as hard as I could – but could not hear anything. So I replied, “No dear – I did not hear anything.” He said, “No really – it was like a weird ‘metallic’ sound!” Well since I did not know what a ‘metallic’ sound – sounds like – I was at a loss. He shrugged it off and we went back to our conversation. A few minutes later he stopped me again – this time with a hand gesture raised to stop me from talking, while turning his head he said, “Shhhh! There it is again!” Well by this time I really thought he was losing it – so I said, “Does it sound like something is trying to communicate with you – on a different frequency? – Is it the MOTHER SHIP?”
Needless to say he did not think it was funny – and I tried SO hard not to giggle but come on – it WAS pretty funny. He kept insisting that something was happening – and it would only happen when either of us started talking again – pretty bizarre. This went on for about 15 minutes or so – until my poor husband thought he was losing his mind. I could tell that he wasn’t really ‘with me’ in the restaurant anymore – he had that ‘far off’ look in his eyes – the same look he has when he’s listening more to the people talking directly behind him in a booth – than to me. It’s annoying how easily distracted he is! This rarely happens to me – I am usually so focused on the person I’m with and the conversation that a hurricane could be going on around me and I probably wouldn’t even notice.
Case and point: I was with my friend Melody about a month ago at a local Starbucks for a ‘coffee date’. We were heavily engaged in deep meaningful conversation. Little did I know that behind the scenes the people who work there (they know me because my daughter works there – and they all call me Mom) were playing a little game – trying to get my attention. The manager and assistant manager were trying to see who would be able to get me to look away from Melody first – and because I was facing toward them when talking to Melody – they thought, “piece of cake”. They do not know me. They do not know that I am not easily dissuaded or thrown off track – even though they were waving their arms WILDLY in the air!!! I think they did EVERYTHING short of actually SHOUTING out my name! Ashlee told me about this later that day – I was so surprised! I saw nothing.
So back to the Shari’s and Greg hearing something unusual. He paid the check and we stood up and were turning to pass another table behind where Greg was sitting and saw a nice older gentleman with a mechanical voice box. If you’ve ever heard them – they make an unusual sound – something like R2-D2 from “Star Wars” makes. And Greg smiled as we walked by – he was not crazy after all! “I told you I heard something” – he whispered.
So yesterday we were having a very late dinner at a local Teriyaki place. We were eating our favorite chicken, salad and rice – the Christian radio station was playing music in the speakers just above my head. We were talking about normal ordinary things – when all of a sudden I heard something. I said to Greg, “Shhh! Did you hear that?” He looked around and then back at me and said, “No”. Hmmmm. It stopped. I waited. Nothing. So we continued to talk again. A few minutes later I heard it again. It was directly to my left – an empty table – in fact we were the only ones in the little place. But it was coming from the table – I was so sure. When I told Greg where it was coming from – he said, “Are the salt and pepper shakers trying to communicate to you?” Nice – I guess I deserved it. I mean normally I would hear nothing – even if the world was falling apart – but this was really strange.
It was determined that it must have been an alarm in the kitchen that was making a sound through the kitchen door and down to where our table was – giving the impression that the sound was coming from right next to me. It was bizarre – and now I know how Greg felt in that Shari’s. You really do feel like you’re losing it. I’m glad to know that I am still in my right mind – at least most of the time – but if you ask me about it – I will still say, “I DID hear something – I really did!”
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful evening and that if you hear unexplainable sounds – just let them happen. It’s okay. I believe you.