When the kids were toddlers and would cry at 2:00 am, I would go down the hall to check on them. When I came back...you guessed it...Adam was sawing logs. He would never even flinch.
I used to wonder if I put a screaming baby, an alarm clock and a honey badger right by his head...if it would ever even matter.
To this day, the six of us can be in the car and one of the kids will say, "Daddy? Daddy? Dad? Daddy? Dad?" Unless I pushed his arm for him to pay attention, it would go on forever.
I've always assumed that he "heard" what he wanted to. That is...until tonight.
There was an annoying fly in our house. It zoomed around and was so loud, it was obnoxious. I looked towards Adam and grumbled, "I can't stand this fly. The buzzing is driving me nuts."
Looking back at me he said, "What buzzing?"
He didn't hear it. As impossible as it was for me to believe, he honestly didn't HEAR it!
I'm not saying that it's an excuse for selective hearing, but holy moly....
He was a pilot in the Air Force for several years and that had to take a toll on his ears. I never thought that he actually might not be picking up on the things that were going on right in front of him though.
So, the next time I get angry thinking that he's not paying attention, I'll try to remember tonight.
I still kind of think that a honey badger might be fun to try just once though.
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