Friday, October 22, 2010

"I am not...."

"I am not a witch and I am not a bigot," says Virginia.  "I am not the murderer."

When I was a child, hearing "Thou dost protest too much," I would protest even more.  "But I'm not!  I didn't do it!  I promise!"

"Now James, don't make promises you can't keep."  As the knife sunk into my sorrowful heart, I knew I was falling farther into a hole I would soon yearn to escape.

"I am not..." is one of those sayings adults should use very carefully.  If the answer isn't clear by observation and independent facts, then denying isn't going to help very much. 

Well, you could say "witches do not exist."  Do they?

It depends on how you define "witch."

As for bigots, I dare say most of us have a bit of bigotry in our hearts, perhaps buried under lust, gluttony and other deadly sins.

"I am not the murderer," yells Virginia.

Oh give me a break.  Climb off that broomstick, will you?

"Don't forget Peter," says Virginia.

How could I forget the rock?  Since I was a child, I feared the day I might have to deny the truth if I wanted to save my life, another reason to avoid politics.

Meanwhile, the sun is shining today, so here are a couple more shots from the window of my study.

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