This is completely irrelevant to anything that I’ve been writing about before but also something thats been bugging me for a few weeks now, Are we starting to lose the art of communication and conversation? NOW, I realise that as I write this I am writing to people I’ve never met and people that I haven’t sat down with and had a face to face conversation but sometimes it is good to put down on paper (meaning laptop) whats in our heads or what we have been doing.
What I mean by loosing it this, Just under 2 weeks ago I was at a local food event in my town centre, It was an Artisan Cheese Fair which by the way was amazing! For anyone thats been to anything like this before you will all know that the exhibitors are edged to the side of the halls where they can display what they are selling, and we as the consumer have to join the very long, very british line to get round the event.
In front of me and my wife stood a man and his friend, a seemingly ordinary chap just blending in with the rest of the crowd, Like everyone we shuffled along, ate some cheese and shuffled along again and as we were moving from stall to stall I could see the ordinary chap just jotting a few things down on a small black notepad.
After 15 minutes or so we came to a beautiful little stand where they sold Ewes Milk Cheese, It had a parmesan type texture but a beautiful meaty flavour to it, Anyway as we were eating we all stopped and chatted to the owner of the stand about where they are located, how they came about the farm and so on and I was fascinated how a complete stranger was happy to talk about their life and share stories with people she had just met after a few minutes she turned to the ordinary chap and asked him what he thought about the produce, and with a single dismissive cheese filled breath simply replied “You’ll have to read my blog to find out” and left!
Now as you can see from the entries below this I’m all for blogging and tweeting its great it truly is, but this woman who had clearly worked so hard to produce something so beautiful and unique was just looking for the validation of people who were clearly there to celebrate a love of food and all she got was the back of a very rude very ordinary chap.
Im not knocking the use of Twitter, Facebook and any blogging site for that matter I think its great that we can still keep up with each other regardless of our schedules or timezones, But next time a stranger engages you in conversation don’t be like the Ordinary Chap and just dismiss them as you may find that you’re missing out on a great story with what could be a truly amazing person, and thats something that you woudnt get on Twitter would you?