are there any lies that your parents told you as a kid that you believed for longer than you'd like to admit?
when i was 6 years old, my mom bought me a goldfish, and his name was king.
some weeks after king arrived we decided to give him some friends, so i ended up with an aquarium with 15 fish.
every month, one or two fish would die and my mom used to replace them with new ones.
after 3 years i lost interest on the aquarium, and my mom stopped buying new fish.
the only fish remaining was king, he lived for 3 years!
five years ago, when i was 18, i was telling to a friend how long my goldfish stayed with us,
when my mom interrupted me and told me the truth:
"son, your fish didn't live for 3 years, i've replaced him every time he died and you never noticed it".
my mother is creative when it comes to deceiving.
"if you don't dry yourself properly after showering,
your body hair is going to grow out making you look like a furry bear." she dropped this on a 4-year-old me.
the image of looking like a bear scared the living daylights out of me.
her concept was simple, the way you water plants and they grow,
similarly you water your body and if you don't dry, your hair grows. well played ma, well played!
when i was little my dad told me that pressing the button on the handbrake would make the car fly
and that he only used it under duress as it was very dangerous.
back then i half knew he was teasing but now, when i am stuck in an awful traffic,
i gently graze the button and tell myself it's always there for me in case i need to deploy it as a very last resort.
resort n. (度假)胜地，手段，凭借 vi. 诉诸，常去
concept n. 概念，观念
interrupted adj. 中断的；被打断的；不规则的 vt. 打断；中断
pressing adj. 紧迫的，紧急的 press的现在分词
replace vt. 取代，更换，将物品放回原处
teasing n. 戏弄
deploy v. 展开，配置，部署
creative adj. 创造性的