I know it’s wrong to lie.
We all know it’s wrong to lie. Then they slip out, quickly and quietly, one after the other.
Here are the things I find myself lying about a little too frequently. And it’s not about age or weight.
Lord please forgive me.
1. I heard you, loud and clear.
Sometimes, people mumble, and if by the third “sorry, what?” and I still don’t understand what they’re saying, I will match their facial expression and nod and pretend I finally understand.
“Ohh. That’s what you meant?? I get it now!”
2. I absolutely agree with EVERYTHING you just said.
I know it’s bad that I do this. I know it’s bad that I do ANY of this, but I do this one a lot.
If someone’s talking to me–in excess–and I would rather they wrap up, even if I wasn’t listening to a thing they said, even if they mumbled half of it without knowing, if the question comes up, “you know what I mean?“, to save myself from having to hear, not only the argument repeated, but a drawn out explanation of the argument, I will always answer “absolutely.”
Exactly why I don’t work in politics.
3. That huge word you just announced nonchalantly as if anyone with common sense knows the meaning, of course I know what it means.
I have mixed feelings about people who use a gigantic word and then glance at me to see if I’m reacting. It’s possible they just know big words. But on the off-chance that they’re showing off, I do not want to give them the satisfaction of me looking dumb.
See, I’m nodding now. . .
But inside, I’m committing that word to memory. I’ll ask my mom what in the world you were talking about when I get home tonight.
4. I was only on YouTube/Netflix for an hour.
5. Of course you’re my best friend!
I don’t have the heart to tell someone that I don’t consider them my best friend. I’m very realistic when it does come to who I consider my true friends and my best friends. But if there’s a loving soul in front of me, smiling and telling the world that I’m their best friend. . .
I just can’t break it to them.
What do you lie about?