Annie’s Mailbox for June 16
Dear Annie: I have enjoyed a wonderful friendship with “Sharon” for the past eight years. However, lately she talks nonstop and interrupts me so often during conversations that the only way to enjoy our interaction is through email or by exchanging voicemails. Sharon has always been a high-detail storyteller, going off on frequent tangents and being very involved in the narration. But in the past few months, her inability to stop talking is problematic. I can’t get her attention unless I actually yell, “Hey, Sharon! Stop!” And on the rare occasion when she asks about my personal life, she will interrupt me with another question before I’ve started answering the first one. In fact, she sometimes answers the questions for me. She’ll ask how my day was and then proceed to tell me. It’s bizarre. Just recounting these conversations makes my chest tighten with frustration.