It Still Surprises Me
Posted December 29, 2011on:
It still surprises me when someone tries to finish my words for me. Since I am so open about stuttering and mostly everyone who knows me knows I stutter, I guess I believe that people should not do that.
But it appears to almost be instinctual on some people’s part. Maybe it really does boil down to people just wanting to be helpful.
I saw my niece the other day, for the first time in a while in person. We stay in touch via Facebook and texting, but that’s not the same of course.
We arranged to meet somewhere on Christmas Eve. I had some items to pass along to her. We only chatted for a few minutes.
In that brief few minutes, I got stuck on a word and my niece filled it in for me, quickly. I hate when people do that, but I didn’t say anything. I hadn’t seen her in a while. Maybe she forgot I stutter! And I didn’t want to embarrass her by saying anything, because it happened within seconds.
But it still surprised me! That she did it, how I felt about it, and that I didn’t say anything, that I just let it pass.
Someone else supplied a word for me earlier this week at work as well. It was very casual, in passing, I don’t even remember who it was. But still it struck me. I was surprised that it happened again.
Are people really trying to help out when they fill in a word for us? Or do they feel so awkward with the stuttered moment that they feel they must say the word in order to keep the conversation flowing forward?