From The Storyteller
“She was flirting with the man she thought I was”, me to Elaine explaining a weird dream I just woke up from. The setting was a rodeo with all the traditional events, including bull-riding. Elaine was working the announcer booth; I was down by the bull-riding chutes, when a pretty young woman started hitting on an old married guy (me in my dream). It seemed that she thought I was a legendary bull-rider.
Note: The Harry Potter books are closer to reality than finding me on a bucking bull. That said, the thought crossed my mind, how often does a person (like the girl in my dream), have an interest in someone that is based on a fiction that they create? I’m not talking about fiction coming from intentionally being lied to. Yes, that happens, but this is different.
If you look like someone they knew and liked, you get a boat load of positive points before you open your mouth. You remind me of somebody…” is a phrase many of us hear in our lives. The first time I heard it I thought “great”, but after years of practicing law I learned to respond with, “Are they good memories?”
Which naturally brings me to trusting a scholarly looking girl in a college class I took in 1965. It was a testing day during my “don’t study semester”, and I was pleased that obtaining my answers from her paper (cheating) went unnoticed by the professor.
Observation: When selecting a person to cheat off of, choose one that will pass. We both failed.
I smile as I think about the lessons learned that day: 1) Looks can be deceiving, and 2) studying helps.
Moral: What you think you see, is not necessarily what you get.