You mean you didn’t know it either?
By – Jeannine Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I just learned that today is National Honesty Day. Falling on the last day of April, this ‘holiday’ was started in response to the beginning of the month – aka April Fools’ Day – being a day that celebrates and encourages falsehood and deceit. On Honesty Day, anyone participating may ask any question they choose and the opposing person should give a truthful and straightforward answer.
Yeah, prolly not gonna work for me. I have a history of being a bit of an enhancer.
Once upon a time, I felt like a fraud, a sham, a two-bit embellisher. And then I read Mark Twain’s “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story” and never looked back. If the best storytellers can take liberties here and there for the sake of entertaining their audience, surely it’s okay for me too. Heck, libraries even have a section dedicated to fibbers like me.
The problem is that once you’ve been telling a story a certain way, it kinda becomes your truth. Until someone points out that it’s not. For example, I have always loved how my parents came up with my name. My dad saw a movie starring a French actress named Jeannine, who he thought was absolutely beautiful. He knew immediately that if my expectant mother had a girl, her name would be Jeannine. Imagine my surprise when I asked my dad to tell my husband this story and he had no idea what I was talking about. Apparently, I made this story up somewhere along the line and, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been telling this tale as fact.
Evidently there is a genetic component involved here because my sister, Amy, has a little issue with the truth too. As a kid I had a wart removed from my toe. And it was a big one. (The wart, not the toe.) It was so impressive, in fact, that I asked to keep it. What…is that weird? The doctor put it in a little jar filled with formaldehyde and off we went. Fast forward a few days and my mom gets a call from Amy’s kindergarten teacher asking if she knew her daughter brought in a wart and told the whole class she got it off of a dead person. Good stuff right there.
Let’s face it…flowering up a story makes it more fun. That said, in observance of National Honesty Day, I’ll stick to the facts today and set the enhancements aside. Just kidding. Or am I?
In addition to blogging about all things home and family-related, Jeannine Miller manages Moss Building & Design’s Community Relations Department, which includes the popular HandyMOM 101 and HandyGirl 101 workshop programs.
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