I might have fallen for some nonsense.
Has a thought ever hit you in your adulthood that strikes you as unusual, believable and questionable? Have you ever realized yourself accepting certain routines that you’ve practiced since childhood, not really sure if that’s how the rest of the world does it?
Question: Does coffee really stunt someone’s growth? Or was that just my grandmother’s way of redirecting my interest? It seems to me that men and women of all heights, shapes and sizes enjoy a nice cup o’ joe. I’ve never really questioned my grandmother’s caution until recently. But now that I’m going to have my own little one, it’s occurring to me that sometimes adults say things for the mere point of suppressing curiosity.
However, I realize that’s not always the case.
Did you know that when a postage stamp is upside-down on an envelope, that means “I love you”?
But that’s what my Momma taught me! Now, maybe she was just referring to a little code that the two of us should have understand between each other, but in hindsight I see that this point was never clarified to me. I’m pretty sure that countless individuals in my life have wondered why I can’t tell which side of a stamp is up. Brian insists that he’s never heard of this upside-down stamp rule and that his father, who has been working at the post office since about 1985, probably would have told him by now.
And speaking of Brian, when I picked his brain this morning about today’s subject, he told me that 1) his step-dad convinced him that he knew kung-fu and 2) his uncle told him that he killed Santa Claus.
Uhhhhhhhhhmmm… Is this normal?
Am I going to do this to Bennett? At some point, probably. I know that when I was 14, I told a little boy that his lips would fall off if he kissed a girl that he didn’t marry; so I’m definitely capable of making up nonsense.
Have you ever done this?
Or is there anything that you have learned or unlearned that might, in fact, be rooted in an untruth?