The Lost Art Of Conversation

Sunday, October 21, 2012

In spite of a weather forecast to the contrary the sun is shining brightly.  I just discovered that we were supposed to catch up with Nacho and Cayetano at noon and not at two so I am off to take a quick shower and I will finish this entry later. We are back and I will give you all the details of our lunch tomorrow.

Yesterday we had lunch with Pepe.  He prepared a paella con cangrejo for us and it was the first time that he had used crab in a paella.  It was delicious and truly tasted of the sea.  We had a salad along with the paella, as well as a bottle of wine.  We picked up a dessert from El Parisien and that went down nicely with a cup of coffee. Before we knew it, two hours had flown by and Paquito, Susan and I were off to our respective homes to grab a little shuteye.

Around 7:00 we made a quick visit to Las Añadas de España to pick up a good bottle of gin, as well as some tonic water.  On our way back we stopped off at a bar/café near the house and we had a drink and a snack of patatas bravas that turned out to be our supper.  Susan spent the rest of her evening reading and watching a little TV.  She also spent some time restoring some old photos of her mom and dad.  I am in the midst of translating the articles for the first issue of “The Manuscript” and unknowingly I started with a big challenge – a very complex and involved coin trick that takes a good eight pages to describe.

What strikes me most about this past week is how much time I have spent in conversation with others.  I haven’t added it all up, but I know that the answer is hours and hours.  I am sure that part of the answer lies in the fact that being retired we have more time to spend with friends.  However, the flip side of the coin is the people with who we are conversing are not retired.  It makes me think that here in Spain, in spite of Twitter, Facebook and other Apps, the art of conversation has not been lost.  I fear that it is something we have lost in the big cities of the US.  We are so busy rushing from pillar to post that we rarely tike the time to stop and spend some quality time with others in meaningful conversation.  It is the way in which we get to know others and others get to know us.  It makes our world less impersonal.

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