Monday, June 20, 2011

Observing isn't just seeing...

I am an observant person.  
My science training taught me how to look at things quantitatively and qualitatively, and to be objective.    

Observational skills help me to keep up with “my boys”. 
And for pointing out the obvious.

“Yes, you ate the last slice of pizza and then put the empty juice carton back in the refrigerator.”

“I don’t know where your shoes are, I didn’t wear them last.”

“I said, before you go out, take out the trash, not take all my cash.”


When I teach creative writing classes, I show students how to become a good observer and find the best details for their work.

It occurs to me that not everyone is observant, nor can be trained to be so. 
I’m speaking of most men and Scott specifically.

Last week Scott was on a business trip to Washington, D.C. 
I should have been on that trip, because he was close to a very nice mall in Pentagon City, one of my favorites. 

I gave him instructions on items to buy at Williams Sonoma and then reminded him that Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Ann Taylor and Talbots was there- three floors of shopping heaven. 

He came back with a Jos. A. Bank bag full of men’s clothing. 

He also went to the Godiva store- Will got his favorite, dark chocolate covered marzipan and I got Scott’s favorite, truffles.


“While you’re up there, buy me a new purse.”

“I don’t know what kind of purse you like.”

“Yes you do.  They are always big enough to carry a book, some magazines and my writing materials.”

“But I like the purse you’re carrying now.”

“What color is it?”

“Big.”


Maybe Scott should take my writing class after all.




Are you an observer?  I'd love to hear about your skills.  Write me at aitken.helen@gmail.com

Be careful out there, keep an eye out for the other guy.



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