makeyourlist 15.2 Lies I never told Mama.
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.