Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I'm a Liar

They say that the first step to recovery is acknowledging that you have a problem. Maybe it's a result of my distant relationship to George Washington. True! He's my Great-great-great-great-great etc Uncle or some such thing. Actually, we're just related by marriage. His wife Martha Custis was related to my dad. Boy was I proud of that as a kid. ( Even though all my classmates would accuse me of lying). But I just thought of it as embellishing. And I still do. Oh come on, they're not big lies, just little ones that I tell when I'm worried that if I tell the truth someone will get mad. Like when I cancel a doctor's appointment and pretend I have a flat tire because the notion of fasting through my sacred coffee hour just didn't compute.

I never really thought much about the motivation for lying until my oldest daughter turned 13 and began to bend the truth in that way that 13 year-olds do. I was apopleptic the first time I caught her telling a whopper. Then I read Anthony Wolf's Get Out Of My Life, But First Could You Drive Cheryl And Me To The Mall? He sums up the lying phenomenon pretty succinctly; and of course, it makes total sense. Kids lie to stay out of trouble. Me too!

Even though I consider myself an extremely upright and solid citizen, in the past week I have told bald-faced lies to the Department of Motor Vehicles (really, can you blame me?), my new neighbor, the children's dentist, an overly-solicitous bank teller, and an inquisitive barista (see my blog post: Say it Again, Sam).

So when my ten year-old confirms that he brushed and flossed when I know darn well he left his toothbrush at his friend's house last Saturday night, I really can't take issue. I may be a liar, but I'll be damned if I'm a hypocrite!
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  1. Good one! I confess, me too. I'm not really sick. (JUST KIDDING!!!!)

  2. I think they call these "White Lies"...they do not count!!! Not REALLY lying at all! Just pretend lies!

  3. What's the problem, we all do it. It becomes a problem when we start believing our lies and start doing more than social lying.

    Hi! I'm your newest follower from the Friday blog hop. Hope you'll come visit my blog and follow me too. Can't have too many blog buddies. Thanks.


  4. heheh. This made me laugh.
    I try not to lie. (That's a lie)

    Thanks for stopping by, now following. =)

  5. Hi Gretchen!

    Thanks for visiting me today and thanks so much for all the compliments! I think you made my head swell!! I went and joined your website too! Thanks for telling me about it! It is a very cool site for us youngins...lol...
    You have a great blog too! I am so glad you found me today!!

    If you want me to add you to the Over 40 Bloggers List just grab the button and add it to your blog and let me know so I can add you!!

    Hope your having a good night and may you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I love your chickens! (we raised 5 and have 2 hens... all five were roosters, so we found them new homes! urgh!) Anywho I am related to Martha Curtis too, and I too was proud of that! Funny!

    Just stopping in and looking around from Follow Friday! And just became your newest follower! Yea! Hope you stop by and return the favor!

    My blog www.remodelaholic.com is all about interior design and remodeling there are some great tutorials so you can get the look you want on a budget! We also have a party every Friday to show off your stuff! And Sunday for Recipes links.

  7. Did you read my chicken post?? what did you think? I have some questions for you about it.. I will be back.

  8. LOL
    My kids do that a lot.
    I don't lie. This is one of my biggest quality. I can't hide anything either. Thank you so much for your great and sweet comment.
    Following you back :)

  9. Gretchen,

    You made my day!!! Thank you!!!

    As soon I can breath again, I'll sign up for Middix...


  10. Hi,
    Thank-you for visiting my blog and following me.
    I am following you also.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    I added your blog to my blog roll.

  11. thanks for stopping by....love your honesty here on your blog....now a happy follower! :)

    You asked me about linking up over here with my recipes...how would you like me to do that?

  12. But the one's we tell to the DMV, dentist, bank tellers, neighbors, etc. don't count ..... do they?

    Thanks for stopping visiting and leaving a lovely comment. I am currently your newest follower.

    You asked about the name of my main blog, The Road to Here. I grew up in GA, moved to Alaska on a whim and lived there for ten years. Met my husband and we moved to Oregon, then CA, back to OR and now WA state. That's my road so far, thus the blog name. If you want a giggle my other blog is called Through Squirrel Eyes!

  13. You are freaking hilarious!

    I left you something on my blog!