Thursday, June 26, 2008

3 Truths and a Lie

Husband is home and feeling better. (Knock on a giant, giant piece of wood.) He has been very tired (I think he slept almost 10 hours last night, which is really weird for him), but, I think he just really needs rest after the whole ordeal.

So, to lighten the mood, I bring you, 3 truths and a lie. Everyone else is doing it. (Okay, by everyone else, I mean, Nicki ( and Nicole (, whose blogs I finally had time to read today for the first time in, I don't know, weeks.) So, the idea is, I list four "facts" about myself, and then you try to guess which one is the lie.

Let's play, okay?

1. When I was 16 years old, I once sat next to a very famous golfer on a very tiny plane, which was flying from Lyon, France to Nice, France. Anyway, the tiny plane was full, and the plane was so small there was no first class. I was very young and naive, and when this very famous golfer asked me, conversationally, what I was doing in France, I told him. And then I asked him what HE did, and he said he was a golfer. I looked at him incredulously and I said, "You GOLF? For a LIVING?" And he laughed and said "yes." Then I said, "my dad likes to golf," and he said, "well, tell your dad you sat next to J*ck Nickl*aus on your flight." And that is how I totally insulted a man that the golf world evidently thinks is a god.

2. I almost married a man (at the stupidly tender age of 19) who broke off our plans and left me to become a Catholic Priest. (I wouldn't know that was the reason until a decade later. I spent ten years believing he didn't marry me because his over-bearing and controlling mother didn't want him to marry a Swedish girl. No I'm not kidding, that's what he told me.) (His parents were Irish-American. Do you suppose there is some Irish-Swedish feud that has been quietly raging in Northern Europe for decades?) In retrospect, and with hindsight 20/20, I can say, with a good deal of humor, "Thank God I didn't marry him!"

3. Husband and I spent our honeymoon (well, the six weeks immediately following our wedding) working as camp counselors at a Boy Scout Ranch. It was a working ranch with horses and long horn steer, and it was filled with 7-9 year old boys. (We have consistently stated that this is why we waited to have children until we had been married for 5 years.) When we first arrived at the Ranch, the AirStream trailer the Boy Scouts of America was providing to us as "married staff housing" was full of mice and had no running water. We spent the first week of our marriage sleeping on separate sofas in the First Aid cabin. On one occasion I was blockaded in the cabin by one of the long horn steer that had gotten loose. A long horn steer is very, very large. And extremely intimidating.

4. When I was 8 years old, I broke my arm in 3 places and spent 6 days in the hospital in traction. My siblings and I were playing "Superman" in the basement, which involved standing on top of a toy refrigarator and leaping forward, to land on our stomachs on an old mattress. Being a clutz, I missed the mattress and landed on my arm (and my face.) I told my mother that I fell on the steps going down into the basement, and I never told her the truth until I was almost 25 years old (and she was still ticked!). The only thing that didn't suck about being in traction (because pretty much EVERYTHING totally sucked about that) was that it was my right arm that I broke, and I am right handed. During the time I had my arm hanging above my head, attached to a traction pole, I learned to use my left hand, and out of necessity continued to use it for many things until the case came off weeks and weeks later. To this day, I am able to do most things with my left hand, except write.

Okay, so, take a guess? Which one is the lie?



Anonymous Elaine said...

Okay, I know you've actually been to France, so I'm not guessing number one. Hmmm . . . other than that I have no idea, so I'm just going to guess #3.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 5:07:00 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

I think this game is a lot of fun. I guess #3 as the lie.

I'm so glad your hubby is doing better. Sounds like he is getting the rest he needs. Hoping things only continue to improve from here.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 6:35:00 PM  
Blogger Chel said...

Oh my goodness- blogger let me log in! I've been trying to leave a comment since your husband got sick. I am SO glad he's feeling better. I don't blame him for sleeping like mad since he probably didn't get any sleep in the hospital. BECAUSE BLOOD CAN ONLY BE DRAWN AT 3AM! (note the sarcasm)

I have to guess... oh, this is hard. Maybe 2? But three and four are also crazy.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 6:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Nicki said...

I am so biting my tongue from making a bunch of lawyer/liar jokes! haha. Yours are SO good!!!

So I know it isn't #3. I'm going to guess #4 because the other three are crazy enough to be your life and #4 is too tame! haha

Thursday, June 26, 2008 8:23:00 PM  
Blogger mam said...

Hmm, I was going to say 3 was the lie until Nikki said she knew it wasn't...and I seem to remember you saying something, sometime, about being mostly ambidextrous (man, I'm sure I spelled that wrong). So I'm going to say 2 is the lie.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger maxhelcal said...

Wow! All great stories. I know it's not number 2. Nicki says it's not 3. (is that cheating?)
I'm guessing.....number 1? As I write this I am thinking I am wrong though! haha

Friday, June 27, 2008 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Christina said...

I know a couple of these are true... and they all have a ring of truth so I'm guessing the "lie" happened to a friend/family member. And I'd guess that the lie is number 4.
And you are really good at this game!

Saturday, June 28, 2008 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger Nicole - Raising Animals said...

They're all so good and so detailed! I'm going to say #2.
Glad that your hubby is better. That's so irritating that they don't know what's wrong with him. Did you guys miss your trip to Seattle then?

Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Okay, if one of these is a lie, you're a darn good lawyer. I'm going to hold back on a bad lawyer & lying joke here (because you know I have a whole bunch that I've been told over the years...of course, I'm sure you've heard them, too).

I wanna know the answer!

I'm glad your husband is feeling better and I hope that's the end of the sickness for him.

Sunday, June 29, 2008 2:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Heather R said...

OK- Unless you warped the truth of one of your real-life visits- I know the honeymoon and the trip to France and the Catholic Priest story is true, so I am guessing #4 is a lie, and I bet it happened to one of your siblings, because I can truly see you playing Superman!!

Monday, June 30, 2008 11:58:00 AM  

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