The Ways We Lie

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The Ways We Lie A little over a month ago while in the checkout line at the grocery store, a lady came up to me asked if she could cut in line. She held a single gallon of milk in her right hand. My basket was filled to the rim with miscellaneous food items so I smiled and told her yes. The woman took her new position in line and thanked me for being so kind. Had I known that her intention was to have her husband following soon after with an even larger cart than mine, I would have said no. In Stephanie Ericsson’s essay, The Ways We Lie, she describes omission as “Telling most of the truth minus one or two key facts whose absence changes the story completely” (411). The lady in the store had lied to me without even having to say anything. She neglected to mention a major detail in the story leaving me nothing but pure judgment by the appearance of the situation to base my answer. Any knowing person would not have let a couple with an overflowing cart cut in front of them in a checkout line. This was the only way that she could get anyone to agree to her outrageous request. Ericsson quotes R.L. Stevens saying, “The cruelest lies are often told in silence” (411). I found this to be true and did not say anything to gain my spot back with the hopes of keeping a scene from breaking out. I figured that if anyone had the guts to be that rude then they had the guts to do anything. By this time I was thoroughly irritated with the situation at hand, but did not want it to be the reason that my day turned from good to bad. It is not often that I get the pleasure of having a day off work and I was not about to let that one be ruined by an inconsiderate couple who was never taught Abalos 2 to share or take turns. Instead of letting it get to me, I tried my hardest to forget what had just happened and pretended that they had been there the entire time.

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