Doug and Telisha Williams put out a fantastic CD last year called Wild Ponies (that is also the name of their band). One song on it intrigued me with its title and topic. "The Truth Is" is Telisha's list of things people might not suspect about her, a sort of meme in song.
Her song inspired me to start making my own list. So here is my list of little-known truths about this granny:
1. I hate to throw away soap. You know that little bitty piece when a bar is almost used up, or the last dribbles of detergent, dishwashing liquid, or shampoo? I can't toss them. I'll squeeze the little piece onto a new bar; I add water to the bottles of soaps so that every little bit is drained out. Ridiculous, isn't it?
2. Truth is, I have an almost irresistable urge to reach out and stroke that satiny, velvety, nubbly, or otherwise totally tactile fabric you're wearing. Even if you're a perfect stranger.
5. The truth is, I can be unforgiving. I give a person a lot of chances but once a line has been crossed, that's pretty much it for me. I will be polite and friendly but never a friend again. Once trust is lost, there's no getting it back.
6. I feel guilty most of the time that I am not accomplishing much with my time. Time on the computer--is that really working? Messing around with booths and antiques, is that really working? My inner puritan is always scolding me to do real work, something productive. Be quiet, Puritan!
8. Aging continues to surprise me. So many things no one ever told me! Who knew that all of a sudden my right thumb would suddenly start sending sharp twinges to my pain center? Who knew that I would become more assertive when I felt something wasn't right or that service was poor? Who knew that it would feel better to get out of bed that to sleep in, because the aches and pains of the night go away with movement? Who knew that I would be speaking to a group and suddenly realize that they were all born in THIS century and things like the great storm of 1993, the crashing of the Berlin Wall, and even Bill Clinton were all before their time?
10. Although I am telling truths here, the real truth is that there is much that I do not yet know about myself, even at 62 years old. And that is what keeps life challenging and ever surprising.
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