I never went to etiquette school, but I often wonder if maybe it should be required…. Even one class!?
Since I can remember, I’ve always had this annoyance with hearing people chew. Erik can attest that I actually have terrible hearing (perhaps an annoyance for him), so this whole thing is pretty odd. I’m not sure what it is – the actual sound certain chewers make? Knowing that food is being broken down by a tiny food processor known as your teeth? Or the fact that the person doesn’t realize just how loud they are?
What I’m left with are too many scenarios where I thought I might lose it if I had to hear another bite! And now, I love my mom – but even her gum snapping habits drove me crazy growing up. And to the person in the elevator with the headphones on blasting classic rock (you know who I mean) that seems to be smacking something in their mouth… No words.
Is there a polite way to say something? Should I start carrying noise canceling earphones? Or am I doomed to live life hearing what people are having for lunch??