Kathy often buts in when other kids are talking. She doesn’t let other kids finish what they are saying; she just starts talking about what she wants to talk about.
Some kids say Kathy is rude; others just call her a butinsky.
Well, here is what happened the other day, that made Kathy promise to stop being a butinsky.
Kathy and Maria were walking down “Can Do” Street when they met Nellie. “Hi Nellie, how are you,” said Kathy. “I’m OK thanks,” answered Nellie. “Did you see the…” said Nellie, but before she could finish what she was saying, Kathy said, “Did you see the new Disney show on TV last night?”
“No I didn’t,” said Nellie, “But you should…”
“Oh it was so cool,” said Kathy. Again she didn’t let Nellie finish what she was saying.
Kathy talked on and on for a few minutes about the TV show. Then Nellie interrupted her saying, “I have to go home for dinner now. I will see you both in school tomorrow.”
Maria then asked,”Okay Nellie what was it you wanted to tell us?”
“Oh” said Nellie, “I just wanted to tell you that they were giving away free chocolate candies over at the store across the street. I guess they will be all gone by now.” With that she left her two friends and started for home.
“Bye,” said Maria. Then she turned and stared at Kathy.
“What?” said Kathy.
“It was rude of you to keep interrupting Nellie while she was speaking,” said Maria. “We missed out on getting free candy because you didn’t let her finish what she was trying to say.”
“I’m sorry,” said Kathy. She really was sorry.
“Oh, it’s OK,” said Maria. “Just remember that it is good manners to let others finish speaking before you start to talk.”
“I promise to do better. I promise to listen when someone else is speaking and wait until they finish before I begin to talk,” said Kathy.