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Of course I am only 39
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:51 PM

OF COURSE I AM ONLY 39

By Nancy Whitaker

“Are you really a blonde?”

“Well of course I am.” (Yes, it is my hair and it is blonde.) That is kind of true.

“How old are you?”

“39!” (I was at one time.)

“How much do you weigh?”

“Well, 115 of course.” (I used to be that little.)

Do these kind of answers constitute a little white lie, an exaggeration, stretching the truth, bragging or just innocent answers?

Have you ever heard someone telling about a big fish they caught or a huge deer they bagged? Sometimes, the size of the creatures turn out to be way smaller than what was described. Is that considered a lie, a half truth or wishful thinking?

Now, we all know the story of little George Washington and how he cut down the cherry tree. When asked by his father if he had cut down the tree, young George replied, “I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop it down.”

George must have been an honest lad, because he risked getting a spanking to tell the truth. What would I have done? Well, first of all, my mama would have never let me play with an ax or a hatchet.

One thing I think all ladies may lie a little about is how much money they spend when shopping. I tend to round off mine to the nearest lowest dollar amount. Does that make me a liar or am I just trying to hide how much I really spent?

Is it ever really necessary to lie about something? Do you think we can always be truthful about a situation and how should we handle delicate questions without hurting someone’s feelings?

If someone has a new hair do and asks you if you like it, what do you say? What if you simply hate the new hair style, but you really do not want to hurt their feelings? What do you say?

Now, I know if I cook something different and my husband doesn’t really like it, he will say, “Well, it’s okay, but I wouldn’t want to eat it every day.” Hmmmm. Good answer.

When young children try and fix their mom’s breakfast in bed, there may be a piece of burnt toast and a glass of Kool-Aid. Do you pretend it tastes fantastic or what do you say as to not hurt your child’s efforts.

In certain scenarios, is it best to tell a white lie, ignore the subject or tell the truth and risk hurting someone's feelings?

I really don’t like the term “lie.” In fact, I don’t care much for liars. We used to say, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

Then there is the tale of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet whose nose grew long each time he told a lie. Is that what we need today?

It seems as if people just up and tell a bold faced lie, the truth will come out sooner or later. However, do you think that some of our discreet answers constitute a “lie?” Or perhaps, do you believe we can give answers in a way to tell the truth, but only half of it?

Have you ever told an untruth about your age or weight? If someone cooks something for you and you do not like it, what do you say? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny For Your Thoughts.