If you're talking on the phone to me, and we come to a random lull in the conversation, this is usually what goes through my mind. Yes. I am a bit of a paranoid kook. I can't help it.
Inside my mind...
*insert name here* has been silent for about three seconds now. Scientific studies say that a typical person cannot endure more than a four second pause in a conversation.
Well, it's definitely been four seconds now. I should say something.
But maybe this is one of those comfortable silences one reads about in books. The kind that signify a really good, strong friendship. Maybe *insert name here* just feels so comfortable with having me as their friend that we can enjoy comfortable pauses to bask in one another's friendship.
Or maybe this is an awkward pause. Maybe *insert name here* is thinking, "Geez, I wish Joy would say something."
Yeah, I should say something.
Maybe they are mad at me.
Silence sometimes means anger. Maybe they actually hate me, and are so engrossed in preparing a horrible demise for me that they have forgotten to say something.
Eep! I'm ruined!
Maybe I should say something to make them love me. Something witty and lovable.
Cats are witty and lovable. Maybe I should meow.
Oh good grief. I sound like a nutcase. Seriously. Meowing? Hello Joy?
But what can one say that's witty during a random interval? I could say something like, "Did you know that Hitler wanted to be an artist when he was young?"
I'd probably just sound like a know-it-all jerk.
Maybe I should talk about the French Revolution. That is my comfort zone.
...oh gosh no. That would just give them more idea's to aid in the gruesome plans they're plotting for my death.