Sunday, August 1, 2010

urban legends

Akin to urban legends are those things your parents tell you when you are growing up that make no sense but since they're your parents, you believe what they say. Even when you grow up and others point out how ridiculous these beliefs may be, you still have trouble being rational about it.. either that, or you feel like a fool and wonder why you fell for it.

I just remembered when I was little and kept asking for more raisins to eat my mom told me I shouldn't eat too many because it would make me have to pee a lot. Since we were in the car, eating more raisins didn't seem like a good idea.

I actually believed this for a long time; I may have even psychologically forced myself to demonstrate this "fact." Then when I told someone about it they looked at me like I was crazy.

"How does that make any sense???"

I just shrugged. "I dunno, that's what my mom told me."

"Well that's really stupid. Why would raisins make you have to pee?"

Of course it made no sense but still, I wondered why she would tell me something like that if it wasn't true. I can only conclude it was to make me shut up and stop asking for raisins. It worked.

Just like the time I couldn't find my Silly Putty, something I had begged for that my folks really did not want me to have but finally relented and bought one. After a few days, it disappeared. My mom told me that I must not have put it back in its little egg shell carrying case and it rolled, or ran away. Very authoritatively she informed me that if you leave it lying around, it will roll away from you.

All these years I've had an image of a ball of Silly Putty rolling away from our house.

I wonder if I ever told Greg or Katie something like that? The only thing I can remember is telling them that people are limited to speaking 1 million words during their lifetime after which they go mute. They believed it but then after I started laughing they knew I was joking. I hope they remember the joking part; of course, what adult would be dumb enough to believe something like that? We might wish for it, but would know it couldn't happen.

Yet, when you find out some of the things that other people believe, it makes you wonder..

And with that, welcome to August. The year has flown by, hasn't it?

1 comment:

Betty said...

LOL, that is very clever about limiting a kid's word use to a million!