You Teach Me to Talk

Dear Darling Wife,

I’m not much of a talker. You knew that long before we got married. It’s not that I don’t like people; I just usually prefer listening or reading to talking.

When we’re having a conversation, I often ask you to get to the point. I ask why you’re telling me a certain story. I sometimes get bored.

But that isn’t healthy. It’s not wise, and it isn’t kind. I recognize those tendencies as negative, so I work against them and ask God to help me do better in conversing with you.

Thankfully, you’re wired exactly the opposite. You love talking, and you always want to hear how I’m doing. You want to hear me talk. You draw me out.

Thank you for teaching me to talk. Thank you for showing me the benefit of conversation. Thank you for illustrating how wonderful it is to get to know someone through a flowing, living conversation that may not even have a definite goal. Thanks for patiently waiting as I learn to communicate better. Thanks for loving me.

I love you.

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  • Kim Shay

    This is so sweet. It reminds me so much of my husband and me. His motto in life is “words are over rated.” There are times when it has been hard for me, because I need to talk in order to process things. It’s great that you see this now, because if you have children some day, your wife will need adult conversation at times just to feel connected to you.

  • Josh

    That’s a great motto, Kim! I truly am grateful for my wife’s need for conversation, and I am glad to be learning this skill so early in marriage. God is good to us.