It’s a pervasive family trait. Thalers just don’t pay attention. I don’t know if it’s poor listening skills, short attention spans, or just plan stubbornness that causes us to ignore what people tell us.
We just have a hard time taking what others say seriously. We tend to view things as suggestions rather than request or commands. It effects every area of our life. We don’t pay attention to employers, doctors, or authority figures of any kind. We don’t even pay attention to each other.
“You were serious about that?” is a common phrase in our household.