Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation with someone and you couldn’t? Not really. You listen and think and want to respond, but you keep waiting for a period….and one never comes.
Some people continue talking beyond a reasonable limit and keep the conversation all to themselves with ands…buts…umms. These come between their thoughts and would be perfect places for periods, but, alas, one doesn’t come.
What do you do? Do you jump on in and interrupt? Do you wait it out and nod your head, letting them talk themselves silly?
Talking too much is a temptation for all of us. I pray that I will be sensitive enough to sprinkle my sentences generously with pauses and curious enough to listen…really listen to my friends.
I need to remember to insert a period. Someone may be waiting for a period.