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We have been talking about food related topics here on 5things. This week I wanted to break the mould. Oh dear ! That’s another food related metaphor. I am afraid I can’t help myself. I simply love writing about food.
This week’s topic is Icebreakers or Conversation starters. Which are your favourites?
I am apparently someone who people find easy to talk to.
When I was working, we had a young lad doing the PAT testing and he was working in the canteen when I went down to make the morning teas. By the time the kettle had boiled, I knew how old he was, how long he’d been doing the job, where he lived, all about his family and siblings, and how many kids he had. Not bad for starting the conversation with ‘Would you like a cup?’
I have often mentioned the first words I said to Hubby the night we met.
‘So that heap of junk’s yours is it?’
It would have been better to just accept that was his car, not insult it, but neither he, nor car, held it against me. My BIL was not one for conversation unless you talked about lorries or fishing.
How’s your day so far? is a conversation starter in every supermarket we go into. We always chat to the cashier and leave them smiling as we know it can be a thankless task working with the general public. Why not pass the time of day whilst your purchases are going through? It’s not as if you’re going anywhere else is it!
Can I say hello? is the standard greeting towards any owner of any canine I come across. Most times I’m allowed, and most times I get a foot sat on, a leg leaned against, pawed at, hand slobbered over, or what I love best, absolutely trashed. I can’t help it. I love dogs and the conversation always goes to how old they are, how long they’ve had them, and where the best dog friendly cafe is for bacon and sausages.
Are you OK? has been asked on several occasions when someone has seemed confused or unhappy. Before Covid hit, I was walking Maggie along the prom on my own and a young girl of about 20 walked towards me in tears. I asked if she was OK and she cried even harder. I said I was a good listener if she wanted to talk, and sometimes talking to a complete stranger was easier than someone she knew. She opened her heart and I held her as she cried.
My out and out favourite is definitely dogs of course, but the rest have opened up many conversations (and more as far as Hubby’s car was concerned LOL) for me.