Listening and receiving

I was in my workshop in the USA when a man walked in, looked at me, looked at a cello I was making lying on its side on the bench and said,









I, in unbelief, replied politely…


… “No sir, it’s a cello.”




His wife joined him as he continued staring at the instrument.



” ‘e’s makin’ a geetar.” He said, stretching the vowels three times their usual length.



Sometimes we hear what we want to hear and sometimes we mishear because we have made our mind’s up. At other times we just don’t listen while at other times we hear what was never said.


  1. Karincorbin on 28 December 2011 at 7:41 am

    Most likely he simply thought you said hello to him as that would have normally been what is said to a person who wanders in. We often over-think a persons response and the explanation is far less complex than where I thinking led us.

  2. Ryan lee on 5 June 2018 at 4:29 am

    Only in ‘merica.