Having “The Talk” to Someone I Like

It’s making my heart beat faster thinking about it now. Even though I know eventually it is going to come up whether I mention it or they do, it still gives me so many nerves. The look on their face. Their reaction. How will they respond?

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Get your head out of the gutter. It’s not that kind of talk and I should definitely not be one to have to tell them that.

I hate having “The Talk” about my stutter to someone that I have a crush on.

The Talk isn’t just simply disclosing the fact that I have a stutter. You see, if I don’t disclose, then 9 out of 10 times, I will get a reaction. This reaction can be a laugh, or a “what was that” in combination with a laugh. After I respond to said reaction with my disclosure, they might have a follow-up question.

This is where The Talk begins.

Because I have been covert for such a long time, this is a new situation for me. I would say it’s been since 2017. This was when I had my first serious relationship and had to disclose pretty early on that I had a stutter. Back then, I was somewhat fervent on having the stuttering conversation. While I said I was coming into my acceptance, my attitude and body language revealed the opposite, and so anything more than the follow-up was a threat to invite further questions.

When you like someone, you want them to see what you want them to see. Actions are pre-mediated. Words are scripted. Flirts are strategized. You reveal yourself in layers, and even then that may be intentional unraveling.

Having a stutter, however, where communication is at the forefront besides your appearance, should be a non-negotiable for revealing sooner rather than later right?

My covert side of me however is still persistent.

Every time I end an interaction, unscathed by the possible disfluency of my words, I tell myself I can hold off until another interaction arises. Like a checkpoint in a race, if I can just hold off the conversation until the next one, I am good, right?

I have found that there is so much vulnerability still that I harbor in revealing something that feels incredibly personal, yet obviously visible.

And so I wait.

My nerves do not fail to leave me, but the way that I have The Talk has evolved.

Two nights ago while I was speaking to someone I am interested in, the word “berry” was shut behind the walls of my lips. There was no way I could avoid the word and I refused to “act dumb” so he could try to figure out what I was trying to say.

So I let out the stutter

the reaction was instantaneous

and the conversation began.

My face was calm and matter-of-fact. His questions did not rile me. My answers were composed. It was as if God was guiding me through this discussion. I had no idea I was capable of speaking my truth with such grace and attitude. And when all of his whys and how comes were exhausted, I tried to leave him reassured. Reassured that he should not feel guilty or scared to ask more if need be.

I have grown in many ways.

And I still have a lot more to do.

The nerves might not ever go away,

but how I react to it matters more to me.

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A 20-something who stutters and trying to figure out how to deal with it on top of adulting shenanigans and discovery

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Asia Monét

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A 20-something who stutters and trying to figure out how to deal with it on top of adulting shenanigans and discovery

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