This post is part of SoCS: http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-714/
You know those tiny but painful bumps that sometimes pop up on your tongue? My grandmother used to say that they happened whenever you told a lie. So they were “lie bumps.” I didn’t really get to spend a lot of time with my grandmother when I was growing up because she lived 12 hours away by car, but my mother would always tell me these things that she said. I still remember some of them, like this one.
Of course, the bumps don’t happen just because you tell a lie, but since everyone lies, it’s always true that when you have one, you have indeed told a lie. I wonder if it was a real superstition or just a way to make kids think before speaking, or to reflect on the things they’ve said recently. As a child I took this seriously and each time I thought about telling a lie, I wondered if I would get a “lie bump.” They really do hurt, you know? When I did have one, I often sat for a few minutes reflecting on any lies I had told recently.
I wonder if it’s why I have a complete aversion to telling even the smallest white lie as an adult? I have a compulsion to tell the “whole story” even when it’s clear that the person I’m talking to has lost interest, and would rather that I stopped talking, even if that means I have committed a “lie of omission.”
Not that I don’t lie from time to time…everyone does, even if it’s just a small lie. We do it to avoid conflict, or to avoid a conversation, or to avoid hurting someone’s feelings…come to think of it, maybe we most often lie in order to avoid something unpleasant. What a strange thought.
It’s interesting, but I wonder how conscience affects the ability to write fiction? Is every piece of fiction partially true? Or every “true story” partly fiction? I myself am not too great at writing fiction, but I don’t know whether it’s because of this aversion to not saying things that aren’t true (thanks, Mam-maw) or just because I’ve never practiced at it. I really admire people who can create whole fictional universes and characters who are completely different from themselves…or are they? If not, we should all be a little freaked out that the writers behind shows like “CSI” are running around free. What a thought. Now, how did I get here from talking about my grandmother? Yikes. SoCS ! Yep. Trains of thought have odd destinations!