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makeyourlist 15.2 Lies I never told Mama.

March 16th, 2008 (01:16 pm)

We've all lied to Mama. It's safe to say I've been the most honest with her, but we all know there are times it's better to make the truth more suitable to her liking. She likes it better that way, although I'm not always sure we're doing her a favor... And I guess that's why I sling the lies a whole lot less often than Papa and Edmund.

And there are some things I've never lied about, condemn my callousness or applaud my admirable, upfront nature for it. Lies never told include the following:

-"No, I wouldn't like a drink."

-"Sure, I'll stop drinking. Right now, in fact. Never again will I touch a drop."

-"Papa and I get along just fine."

-"I've never touched a prostitute in my life."

-"I love the theatre, and would rather perish than go so much as three months without some hack job as an actor."

-"Of course, I'd like to settle down and get married."

And, less and less lately, I refuse to say, "Why, yes, Mama, of course I believe you haven't been hitting the dope."

None of this means I don't respect her. Hell, if anything, it means I respect her enough to let her know the truth. Someone's got to, for God's sake.

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Posted by: John Henry Holliday, DDS (john_h_holliday)
Posted at: March 16th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
nulli secundus razor

John beams at Jamie. "Honesty! And in the face of pressure I am sure to the contrary! Now... surely that calls for a toast..." Offers scotch with a smile, as is his wont.

Posted by: Jamie Tyrone (crooked_hedges)
Posted at: March 17th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Fingers

There's always pressure to the contrary, John; something about "propriety" I've never really understood. Haven't been able to figure out the point of it, that is. Sure, it saves feelings being hurt once in a while, but I'd say we're better off getting it all out there. Most people suspect the truth, anyway.

And I'll be taking you up on the offer, no doubt about that. Here's hopin', John, and here's to saying it like it is.

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