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Yes, I admit it. I’m LOQUACIOUS. Or as Drollery puts it, I talk too damn much! In fact, if there was a LOQUACIOUS anonymous group I’d probably not let anyone else get a word in edgewise!

I seriously drive Drollery nuts. Not only don’t I shut up when I’m home (if neither of the guys are around to talk to you might find me on the phone — unless I’m blogging), but I’m very gabby when I’m out in public. He told me once I don’t know any strangers. I think that’s very true. Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet, haven’t made it into the orbit of your world.

Drollery especially hates going to the grocery store with me. Someone shopping can ask me if I know where something is, and before Droll knows it I’m in a full-blown discussion about the merits of that product. Happened not too long ago with a guy about dog food.

friendly-cashierI love talking to cashiers who look like they just want to sit down. I’ve found an honest compliment or positive comment about how they’re doing their job is like giving them a shot in the arm. I even stop and chit-chat with the guy in the toll booth on the parkway (provided there’s not ten people behind me).

I was feeling VERY LOQUACIOUS the other day, because my favorite folks to talk to in public are the Air Force personnel from the base near our house. My sister and in were in a sub shop having lunch when two guys in fatigues came in. Before I left I went to their table and put out my hand. One guy just looked at me as if to say, What the hell do YOU want? The other was grinning. He was just honored to have someone shake his hand and thank him for their service to our country. The other guy then shook my hand, too.

1024x1024I’m proud to say this is one trait both my kids picked up from me. A couple weeks ago when Brandon was stuck at the front of the store playing cashier he was ringing out an older gentlemen with a WWII cap and jacket on. Before the fella had a chance to walk away, Bran asked him if he could shake his hand and told him how much he appreciated his service to this country. Bran was somewhat discombobulated (in a good way) when the man began to cry. He took off his hat and shook Bran’s hand and said no one had ever said that to him before.

So I’m trying to educate Sir Drollery to understand that it’s not about being LOQUACIOUS, it’s about being GREGARIOUS. And that’s a whole ‘nuther critter!

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LOQUACIOUS: adjective
1.  talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous:
a loquacious dinner guest.
2.  characterized by excessive talk; wordy: easily the most loquacious play of the season.

GREGARIOUS: adjective
1.  fond of the company of others; sociable.
2.  living in flocks or herds, as animals.
3.  Botany. growing in open clusters or colonies; not matted together.
4.  pertaining to a flock or crowd.

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I’ll let you decide! Btw, one of my favorite literary heroes was VERY gregarious! Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings.

So how about it? You wanna grab a raspberry mocha frappucino at Starbucks and chit-chat for an hour or two (or three…) 😀 The nice thing about Starbucks is they NEVER ask you to leave!

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Picture Credits:
cashier — 1000awesomethings.com
veteran — www.timesunion.com
frappucinno — www.pinterest.com