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“Bark is Bigger than my Bite”

December 5, 2009 by  

I’ll be the first to admit it – I yell a lot as well.  However, we ALL have to yell in our house to be heard.  My yelling is less out of anger (although I’d be lying if I said that never happened) but more out of “DOES ANYONE IN THIS HOUSE HEAR ME?”  We have a 10-minute window in the morning where we go from “open roads” to “traffic jam” on our way to school and I do everything in my power – yelling included – to make the former.

But since Kat brought it up, let’s discuss her yelling.  Why does she yell when she should be quiet (like in a restaurant or church), and why does she whisper when she should be yelling (like when she’s asking a question 3 rooms away)?  I think it’s some sort of “reverse tone deafness” or some other medical term.

Kat often whispers in my ear.  Unfortunately, it’s when we’re on the phone and she’s trying to covertly tell me something without anyone else hearing.  I can barely hear her during a normal phone conversation…how am I supposed to hear her barely-audible ramblings between cell towers?

I’m open for any an all solutions to this dilemma.  I’ve considered muzzles and vocal chord surgery for the lady, and even just earplugs for myself, but if there are other ideas out there please send them my way.

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3 Responses to ““Bark is Bigger than my Bite””
  1. BM says:

    Yeah, Dave, I feel the same way. My wife talks rooms away and gets mad at me if I: 1) ask her to repeat it; 2) respond with the ever popular male “incorrect” answer; or 3) don’t respond at all. No matter what, I am WRONG and that’s the end of it.


  2. Jo says:

    Well at least you have good reasons as to why you yell. In our house I have to go with you can’t be heard unless you yell and yes I have tried talking calmly and quietly. I hear this works in some peoples houses I would like for those ladies to come to my house and teach us because my kids act like they are deaf. It is crazy here, I only have 3 kids all close in age so I don’t think the number matters much after you get to 3 kids it’s all just noise.


  3. Bill says:

    I feel for you buddy. I grew up with her always talking and loud. Still today you know when she is in the room “next door” HA! HA!


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