19.11.06

Don't ask, don't tell

I have a secret and it's a very, very good one. It's the kind that makes you want to scream your elation from the rooftops, grin like a kid with a fistful of candy, wiggle and dance to an unstoppable rhythm. It's the kind you want immediately to tell, because it's almost too good to be true after all the wondering and wandering and wistful thinking. You want to tell even though with every telling, it'll lose a little of its special lustre --- but never mind, because this is just The. Best. Thing.

This is the secret that feels like everything after this point changes, but only because we're somewhat predisposed to think of our lives as a deliberate drama, plotted out with all these foreordained turning points. Things won't change, not really, and a year, two, from now, it'll be a mundane footnote in the passage of life.

But, you see, now, here, everything is possible.

Intuitively, I'm not actually very good at keeping secrets. I don't have a conniving mind and my extremely strict mother so fervently drilled into me the habit of being honest that my first impulse is always to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Even if I have to lie (e.g. to protect a secret), there's more than enough of a reaction time, galvanic skin response or blip of the eyes to give me away. Just skip the lie detector and go straight to the cold, hard stare. That'll do it for me every time.

Fortunately, I don't think I'll have to sit on the lid of this secret for too long. Time'll pass, the statute of limitations will expire and I can permanently erase the mental note not to broach this topic slash feign ignorance ("act blur" in local parlance) if I'm asked point-blank about it.

Which just as well, because, seriously, guys?

I've never had a secret this good before.

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At 11/19/2006 10:33 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

lemme guess, you are moving to Canada soon ... !

 
At 11/19/2006 11:42 pm , Anonymous Deanna said...

Are u expecting T Jnr????

 
At 11/20/2006 2:03 am , Blogger tscd said...

Sounds like a good thing has happened to you. Congratulations! Don't leave us in suspense for too long!

 
At 11/20/2006 2:22 am , Blogger Terz said...

None of the above.

But, if you let it slip before you're supposed to, I'm gonna be smacking upside your head... and letting others (especially them whose secret it is) do it too.

 
At 11/20/2006 2:09 pm , Blogger ampulets said...

hmm....something to do with something that starts with the word "B" and "R"? If that is, or even if it is not, CONGRATS! :)

 
At 11/22/2006 2:12 am , Anonymous nardac said...

I think Terz should be smacking the upside of his own head! In any case, yes, congratulations y'all.

 
At 11/22/2006 9:47 am , Anonymous sunshin3 said...

you're pregnant?

:P

 
At 11/22/2006 12:02 pm , Blogger cour marly said...

Woo - congrats! You better invite me to the celebration party...hee.

 
At 11/22/2006 12:07 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Thank you for all the well wishes, but seriously, guys, you're all blowing cold, cold, cold with your guesses :)

(Which was my evil plan all along, bahahaha.)

 
At 11/22/2006 2:13 pm , Blogger cour marly said...

Eeee. No fun one!!

 
At 11/22/2006 3:46 pm , Blogger strangemessages said...

Okay, then you're adopting a kid!!!

Is that it?

I shall be one of those kids in Enid Blyton's mystery books who finds it out first hahaha

 
At 11/22/2006 9:49 pm , Anonymous nardac said...

When are you letting the cat out of the bag?

 
At 11/23/2006 10:40 am , Blogger Packrat said...

You're going to meet up with Angelina Jolie to adopt a tribe?

 
At 11/24/2006 11:58 am , Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

You have super powers.

 
At 11/24/2006 1:04 pm , Blogger claire said...

hooray for the secret joy of secrets! hold on to it as long as you can and love it fiercely!

 
At 11/26/2006 3:27 pm , Blogger Ondine said...

Super powers sound like a good way to go. Failing which, how about you being Sidney Bristow's replacement at CIA/SD6 or whichever ghostly organisation she now espionages (new verb!) for? You get cool wigs (to cover them white hairs) and funky clothes. Plus you'll be speaking Russian, French, German and Japanese and travelling all over the world! Plus Jack Bristow as a dad!! :)

 
At 12/03/2006 2:54 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'addresse de facturation' means billing address

 

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