I Can’t Tell A Lie, Pa; You Know I Can’t Tell A Lie

Do you know who Mason Locke Weems is? He was also known as Parson Weems, if that helps. No? Well, he was the guy who wrote the unofficial, and somewhat creative, biography of George Washington, not so creatively named “The Life Of Washington“.

Now it would appear that Weems found George’s life to be a little…lacking. Sure, George was a successful farmer, then a successful soldier, then 1st Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, then drafter of the United States Constitution and then the 1st President of the United States of America.

I mean, really, so what if he single-handedly kicked the British army’s butt back to jolly old England so the United States of America wouldn’t be known as the United States of Her Majesty’s Summer Home? How on earth would Mister and Missus Mayflower relate?

So, Parson Weems embellished and invented, and created one of the most well-known myths ever: the famous story of the cherry tree. As he told it, George, as a boy, (or Boy George, if you prefer) received a new hatchet and immediately went outside to wreak havoc. He chopped down a cherry tree. When his dad saw the tree and was all “Boy, tell me you did not cut down the tree!” George came clean. Dad forgave him. All was well in the world. Mister and Missus Mayflower could totally relate.

Where am I going with this? Here’s the thing: I’ve always had trouble telling lies, especially when someone asks me a direct question. I may evade, or joke it off  or redirect the conversation away if I really don’t want to answer a question. Sometimes, though, a question is asked by somebody I respect and admire too much to blow off and I have to ‘fess up.

So, MikeWJ, the answer to your question is yes. And while he is very much like the persona he has created here, he is also very sweet and thoughtful and caring and funny and while it often makes me question my own sanity, I love him. Now stop being so nosy. Oh yeah, and stop putting an “e” in the word nosy!

For those of you who weren’t paying attention, you can find MikeWJ’s question here. Just follow the trail of skeletons in the comments section. 🙂

****Sidenote: For those of you who haven’t been over to read Jayne of InJaynesWorld, please take a moment to do so. She has an incredible guest post up that you really should take a look at. Thanks!

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  • Mikewj

    Normally, I’d say you were raising a good point, Jepeto. You know that I’m in total agreement with you about the shallowness of people who define themselves by their jobs, or whatever.

    But in this one case, I have to say that Nicky has such a powerful personality, such charm, charisma, chutzpah, cheese and other words that start with “ch,” including (mysteriously) the Montreal Canadians logo), that I believe it’s okay for you to define yourself by her, if that makes sense.

    I’m sure you understand.

  • Mikewj

    I am quite fond of the letters Q, X and Z, I must say. As a marketing expert, I’m you understand why.

    And, boy, thanks for that hint. I already knew that much, Nicky. Fine! Now I will make it my life’s goal to figure what that tattoo means. I have my ways.

  • Did you know that the letter Q in french sounds like the french word for tail, which is also used as a euphism for sex and/or ass? Even without a marketing background, I can completely understand why.

    I detect a note of sarcasm there! You didn’t think my hint was helpful? Well, go ahead and make it your life’s goal then. I personally think your life’s goal should be somewhat loftier, like perhaps discovering how they put the caramel into a Caramilk bar, but whatever.

  • Jepeto

    I understand and agree because you mentionned the…Montreal Canadiens! (with an E, not an A). Go Habs Go! YAAAAAA! Le Tir et le buuuuuuuuuut!!!!! He shoots and….he SCORES!!!!! What a goal!Wouf wouf!
    My bell is the Habs. Ring it and i drool. They play at the Bell Center…is that AWESOME marketing or what?

    Oh, and ok, blablabla Nicky charming blablabla. Go HABS Go!
    I love you bayyybeeee! (This is Nicky’s Bell. It saves me all the time. Bitches and Bells, Pavlov was a genius!)

  • Jepeto

    Why is there a link everytime i write something…something?


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