One day I was reading something on Facebook, I didn’t quite get it, but I hit the ‘like’ button anyway. My train of thought was to let the person know that I had read their post; you know, a sign of support. The more I thought about the post, it bugged me that I wasn’t sure of the meaning, so I called my trusty friend Sabrina. “She’ll be able to help decipher this riddle!” I thought to myself. And help she did.
She read the post, and assured me that this was no laughing matter. “Something must be done!” She exclaimed. Sabrina was quite disturbed.
We were on the phone so I couldn’t actually see her face, but I can just about tell you how she looked, because I heard a big gasp, and an “OH MY GOSH!” Of course, my heart started beating faster, and my mind was racing. I was thinking, “Dang! I must’ve missed a very important part of the story. With bated breath, I asked “What?! Please tell me what I missed!” I’ll never forget her answer, as it has scared me for life. She exclaimed, “Someone actually ‘liked’ this post!! What IDIOT would do that?!”
Crushed. That’s the only word I can think to describe how I felt. Simply crushed. As I choked back tears, I explained that I was only trying to support a friend. I excused myself from the phone call, locked myself in the bathroom, and sobbed for hours. Until that moment, I had no idea I was an idiot. And to think, one of my best friends had to break it to me. If only she’d broken it to me gently.
Had I been walking around all these years with the misconception of being somewhat smart? How many other things had I done that made people gasp, and think “What idiot would do such a thing?!”? Had my whole life been fodder for non- idiotic people? Oh, the heartache! With tear stained eyes, a swimming head, and a confused, broken heart, finally I drifted off to sleep. Steve found me, hours later, in the bathroom floor, in fetal position. He tried his best to comfort me, but his efforts were useless.
I’m sure by now, most of you have realized, that I have the gift of embellishment. Embellishing sounds so much better than lying. Anyway, only part of that story is true. She did make the “idiot” comment, but I thought it was, by far, the funniest thing that had happened to me in a long time!! She was very embarrassed, and apologized profusely, but there was no need. It totally cracked me up! I still laugh every time I think about the whole thing.
There is however a point to this story. We should always think before we speak. I’m the queen of sticking my foot in my mouth, figuratively speaking of course. I’ve gotten myself in more trouble, by speaking before I think, than anything else. Thank you Sabrina for providing Monday’s blog! Love you!
Observe the people who always talk before they think— even simpletons are better off than they are. Proverbs 29:20