Have you ever told a white lie? White lies are considered harmless by most everyone. They are the lies that we tell to spare someone’s feelings, to buy ourselves time or to save face. The bottom line is that a white lie is a lie and most all of us have been guilty of a white lie or two. In fact a few of my research sources indicate the average person tells two white lies a day.
White lies are so ingrained in our society, but most of us really don’t get away with our little lies. It has been my experience, that when I’ve been lied to, fate has a way of revealing that to me. It may take a while but over time our lies are always exposed and even if that seems bad enough the real harm in lying is that it makes us deceitful, incredulous and soils our reputation.
Since we’ve all been guilty of a telling a white lie I thought it might be nice to share a funny story that might make changing this behavior easier.
Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Church Ladies’ Group in Tuscaloosa, but forgot to do it until the last minute. She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix and quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping her son pack for scout camp.
When she took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured and she exclaimed, “Oh dear, there is not time to bake another cake!” So, being inventive, she looked around the house for something to build up the center of the cake. She found it in the bathroom – a roll of toilet paper. She plunked it in and then covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect.
Before she left the house to drop the cake by the church and head for work, Alice woke her daughter and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home. When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. Amanda grabbed her cell phone and called her mom. Alice was horrified-she was beside herself! Everyone would know! What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, ridiculed!
All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at her and talking about her behind her back. The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time. She did not really want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had looked down her nose at the fact that Alice was a single parent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa, but having already RSVP’d, she couldn’t think of a believable excuse to stay home.
The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old south, and to Alice’s horror, the cake in question was presented for dessert! Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake!
She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the mayor’s wife said, “What a beautiful cake!”
Alice, still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess, who was a prominent church member say, “Thank you, I baked it myself.” Alice smiled and thought to herself, “God is good.”
This Friday, the Goat Farmers in Yorkshire has a large fish fry, the Versailles Eagles and Immaculate Conception Church in Bradford.
Sunday, the Versailles Eagles has their breakfast from 8:30-12:30pm. Mark your calendars for March 6 when Trinity Lutheran Church holds its annual “All You Can Eat” Spaghetti Dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Good luck to the girls and boys bowling teams as the head to the state competition and to the girls swim team at OHSAA state meet. Congratulations to the Sectional Champion girls basketball team.
Happy birthday to Janet Banks, Georgie Kemper, Rob Quinter, Peggy Rehmert, Betsy Yagle, Janet Banks, Marge Mayhew, Penny Elmore, Terri Wild, Scarlet Francis, Nancy Niekamp, Joyce Liette, Jane Stall, Tim Hiatt, Betty Mescher, Emily Jasenski, Jodi Kremer, Jeanie Henry, David Steinmetz, Connie Brunswick and Jesse Sherman. Happy anniversary wishes to Lynn and Larry Hemmelgarn (25) and Elsie and Romaine Berger (62).
Healing prayers and get well wishes for Luella Albers, David Zumberger, Lois Youngker, Brian Voisard, Megan Knapke, Lester Bernholt, Linda Wilson, Joan Butler, Cyril Frantz, Norma Magoto, Marvin Godwin, Dave Francis, Ann Paulus Pedersen, Joe Bailey, Harry Gorrell, Chick Conley, Julia Billenstein, Dan Bertke, Dan Monnin, Betty Hess, Scottie Barga, Bob Longenecker, John Davis, Beverly Norton, Carl Drees, Dave Magoto, Bob Homan, Steven Youngker, Iris Nickol, Eileen Rahm, Robert Longenecker, Rita Wuebker, Merilyn Borchers, Yvonne Ridenour, Cyril Voisard, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Jim Youngker, Isabella Yakos, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith, Michelle Ullom, Jack Borgerding, the hospitalized, homebound and all those dealing with any of life’s many challenges who are in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name. Thanks to the prayer-medics, caregivers, volunteers, medical staff, those that visit and those that send cards of support.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Kelly Bruns (86), also remembering the lives of Bert Young, Jim Phelan, Paul Fleenor, Ruth Hoelscher, Mary Margaret Hoelscher, Virginia Pittsenbarger, John Magoto (Russia), Delbert Blickenstaff, Helen Redmond, Ann George Wehrley, Vitalus “Jim” Barga, Alvin Luthman, Thelma Hiestand, Dorothy Brandewie, Ruthann Simon, Jack Richhart, Bob Christian, Otis Grillot, Eileen Drees, Gary Bey, John Henry, Marge Dapore, Chad Garrison, Lynn Topp, Carol Steffan, Norma Mangen, Otto Kremer and all those in our hearts, but not mentioned by name, as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“Those who think it’s permissible to tell white lies soon grow color blind.” ~Austin O’Malley
“Lying can never save us from another lie.” ~Unknown
“The truth doesn’t cost anything but a lie could cost you everything.” ~Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.