The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

You Can Tell Me

Yes, it’s true, I was speaking to myself, but don’t we all? We all have a second person buried inside us, a dear friend to whom we whisper to our heart’s content; and some of us even have a third.

-Orhan Pamuk. The Black Book.

bulldogs, bulldog stuffed animal, Budapest

Arthur and his Confidant, Budapest, Hungary

19 comments on “You Can Tell Me

  1. applepieandnapalm
    September 19, 2012

    What a precious photo! Great quote, great post!

  2. Clanmother
    September 19, 2012

    So true!!! And the conversations can get quite lively….

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 19, 2012

      They say it’s okay to talk to yourself, but not to answer yourself. But I think: why talk if I can’t reply? 🙂

      • Clanmother
        September 19, 2012

        I think they mean when we laugh at our own jokes. But even then – I think you are correct…why talk if I can’t reply…Brilliant!!!

      • thenicethingaboutstrangers
        September 19, 2012

        Ah, yes, but sometimes we are pretty darn funny, right? I try not to talk to myself in public, though–unless I want a seat to myself on a bus.

  3. Linda Dunckel
    September 19, 2012

    I promised to keep those conversations in confidence…but the stories I could share! : ) Sweet puppy!!!

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 19, 2012

      Hehe, yes, exactly. I have a lot of things I need to keep to myself.
      Arthur loves his other bulldog. 🙂

  4. Enchanted Seashells
    September 19, 2012

    OMG, how adorable, I’d be talking with that baby all day, too!

  5. Mary Ann
    September 19, 2012

    Thanks! Now I have an excuse for talking to myself – I mean the other person inside of me!

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 20, 2012

      I love how this works out. It’s also nice to know there are others who so the same sort of self-talk…and not just me. And me. And my third. 🙂

  6. oldsunbird
    September 20, 2012

    If I didn’t talk to me, who would I talk to? Well, sometimes my dog.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 21, 2012

      I think this is a secret motivation of many in pet ownership. Someone to whom we can direct the monologue. Plants will suffice. Also, it seems just wearing one of those bluetooth headsets gives one permission to ramble on! In public even. 🙂

  7. beachcomber
    September 20, 2012

    It’s when your other self doesn’t want to listen that you run into trouble. O.o

  8. travisthetraveler
    September 21, 2012

    I finally let my other self run the show… it has been great!

  9. Nicci
    April 29, 2015

    That is so true. Nice photo, too. 🙂

  10. davecenker
    April 30, 2015

    Yes, we certainly do. I just wish that second or third person would answer back every so often when I talk to him/her 😉

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