I often have animated conversations with my dog. She’s a very accepting audience, and it clears my head to talk out loud to someone other than myself.
The longer I live and work alone, the more double-sided these solo conversations become. It’s sort of like playing with a marionette. I ask the questions and I provide the answers. It can go something like this:
(Me to my dog) “Didn’t I just buy you a bag of dog food? Where did it all go?”
(My dog to me) “Guess we should get the bigger bag next time, it’ll last longer.”
(Me to her) “Oops, we’re almost out of biscuits, too. You’re going to have to get a job to pay for all of this.”
(Her to me) “At least one of us should be working.”
And that’s the end of the conversation.
People talk to their dogs all the time, so I’m not too worried. The problem is that I’ve found myself having the same double-sided conversations, where I play both parts, with inanimate objects, such as my television, my car, or even the cereal boxes at the market. When I’m out in public, these conversations can cause people to take notice and be concerned.
For example, the other day I was standing in the middle of the cereal aisle at the market trying to decide which box to get. I must have been deliberating with myself pretty loudly because a man standing nearby asked if I was okay. I realized I was holding court all by myself. I became completely embarrassed and quickly stuffed the conversation back into my head.
I’m thinking of getting another dog. That way, I’ll have more conversation coverage when I start chatting to myself out loud. After all, the best questions and answers are still my own.