Do you ever catch yourself watching others talk? You’re kind of zoned and not even really paying attention. Or you don’t think you are. Then you realize, that without intending to do so, you are eavesdropping. And you’ve heard every word they’ve said. But you just can’t help yourself. And even once you have that guilty thought that you shouldn’t be listening….you continue to anyway.
Until they look at you with that look. You’re busted. And you know it. That “uhm, excuse me, this is a private conversation, do you mind?” look.
It can be quite humiliating.
You kind of hope to be invited in to the conversation. You think you might have something of value to add. And you just do one of those sheepish (and stupid looking) half grins with a slight lift of your shoulders. You kind of anticipate them saying….”what do you think?”
Instead….they just keep looking at you.
And their expression tells you everything: Excuse me, but you are being very rude.
Then you kind of feel stupid, and small, and want to slink off.
Yeah, they busted me.