I am not a quiet person. I have to constantly remind myself of that when I'm sitting in my little room with my 5 students gathered around me. I try to remember I don't have to use my *outside* voice, and most of the time manage to regulate the volume to a very acceptable level. If I don't though, the next thing you know, I'm teaching the students on the other side of the wall the lesson and the students sitting close to me resemble a cartoon with their hair blasted back because of the volume of my voice.
I like to blame this phenomenon on the fact that I come from a loud family. I don't know if that is the reason I'm loud or not, but my sisters (three of them) and even my mother to a lesser degree are also loud. We all have the kind of voices that carries well and we talk on top of each other so often more than one voice at a time can be heard making for even more volume. We all can all follow more than one conversation at a time and have input into all of them. I forget at times that in the *real world* this is considered impolite so I've tried to correct it with only mild success.
Any family gathering is a time when everyone is talking, comparing and enjoying each other. We talk and we talk and we talk loudly. When we get excited about a conversation or feel passion about something, yep, we get louder! Some days when I'm home alone I miss that loud conversation and the competition (and I do think we were competing with each other both to be heard and to have attention). I look forward to the holidays -- to using my *big* voice and not having to worry about it -- and for me, that's a good thing.
What about you? Do you speak in a small voice that can bearly be heard, or do you speak up so other can hear? Can you follow more than one conversation at a time and enjoy lively conversation where everyone is putting ideas in at the same time? Or do you want polite converstion? Just wondering.
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