A few years ago my daughter started saying to me "Mommy, you're not listening to me". I always thought she wanted more attention, but now I realize that I was gradually losing more and more hearing and becoming complacent with my usual filling -- the --anks. I have caught myself guessing even in situations where I have absolutely NO IDEA what the person said and responding to my WAY OFF guess. I wonder how many people I have pissed off doing this. I wonder how many potential friends have distanced themselves, thinking I have a screw loose. Now I feel like I need to be very, very, very careful trying to listen and listen and hear and comprehend and make no mistakes or I will lose them too. Argggh!!!!