Tuesday, May 15, 2012

10 Secrets About Jennifer

A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.--Paul Valery

This week, we decided that our posts would include 10 secrets about ourselves or our characters. Oy. I hate secrets. Or, should I say, I’m not good at revealing things about myself. In fact, I’m so good at keeping things to myself, that I’m the one most people tell their secrets to! Luckily for them, I won’t be revealing them here. Instead, I’m supposed to reveal my own. Well, I don’t guarantee that they’re anything salacious, but here goes:

1)      You know that joint at the base of your thumb that enables you to touch your pinky? Well, mine don’t bend. When I was in school, I remember my art teacher talking about how opposable thumbs separate humans from apes and thinking that I was less evolved than the rest of my class (and hiding my hands under the table). The first thing I did when my children were born was to check to make sure their thumbs bend (they do).

2)      I hate all forms of public speaking. I’m required to do it quite frequently, but it doesn’t get any easier.

3)      My hair started turning grey in college. I’ve been coloring it for years. I’d like to be one of those women with beautiful grey hair, but I doubt I will be.

4)      My grandmother died of a horrible disease when I was six. When I got older and missed her, I used to pretend she was a secret spy somewhere. I still miss her.

5)      I believe in ghosts.

6)      I am very gullible.

7)      I have a lot more confidence inside my head than I do in reality.

8)      My least favorite question is “How are you?” I never know if I should answer truthfully or not, so I always just say “Fine.” Even when I’m not.

9)      I still remember every embarrassing thing I’ve ever done, even though I know most of them aren’t that embarrassing (nope, not telling what they are here—sorry! J).

10)   My mother was right a lot more often than I admitted. Still not telling her that, though. J


  1. Don't you hate it when you find out how weird someone is, and it's too late to get rid of them? :)

  2. Great list - you had me checking my own thumbs!
    I don't mind public speaking - had to do it loads of times when I was County Commissioner for the Girl Guides, so I got used to it! Maybe being a teacher for 25 years helped!
    And I always say 'fine' too!

  3. Hmm, for writers, we're surprisingly uncommunicative!

  4. Great list, Jen.

    I'm chuckling a bit about the "How are you?" one. Don't we all usually lie?

    Just once I'm tempted to say, "I'm having a crappy day, how about you?"

    It's really a meaningless question, isn't it? No one really wants a truthful answer.

  5. And I think we avoid the ones who give honest answers!

  6. I was just thinking the same thing, Jen! I know someone who answers the 'how are you?' with a full list of all her current aches and pains, plus various other moans!

  7. Yeah, there needs to be a happy medium somewhere. Not too much, not too little. Kinda like the Three Bears ;)