Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone!

Do you remember the last time someone said to you, “Don’t tell anybody, but…”

I would be willing to bet that if you were hooked up to a monitor, your heart rate increased along with your blood pressure.

I bet that you leaned in a little and your voice got lower in pitch and you began speaking in a hushed tone.

I bet that your eyes looked away if you were in a crowd to make sure that without even knowing what top secret information would be passed along, you wanted to be sure that no one else could hear.

I would even be willing to bet that if the person said, “oh, never mind,” that your curiosity would be peaked and you would be very disappointed and frustrated. You might even say, “You can tell me. I can keep a secret.”

Once the information is passed along, it’s filed away in a special place in our brains that we assume has a giant red stamp across it called Top Secret! Some of us are very good at keeping this important new fact tucked away, but others, not so much.

Have you ever shared a secret with someone, but then worry took up residence in your gut like a rat in an alleyway? Days later when you walked into a room, did everyone seem to look up at the same time with mouths agape like they just finished saying… Oh… My…God! As you gazed across the room, mental telepathy kicked in like it has always been second nature and you could read everyone’s mind. Your secret was out!

If this is true that secrets spread faster than directly broadcasting your news, shouldn’t we leak out information that we actually want to fly around like a body surfer at a rave? Wouldn’t it make sense to take advantage of this since most people’s Top Secret file located in their brains should really be labeled Please Forward?

Do I know any of this to be true? No! I am only going on my own personal experience. I was an Art Major for God’s sake!

I decided to test out my theory today.

Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but my answer to the Weekly Question of the Week is the finalist at The Byronic Man’s blog. He is a WordPress Recommended Blogger so you should check out his site while you are there. It would be so great if you voted for me, but please don’t tell anyone else. Here is a top secret document to help you find it. Thanks! I knew I could trust you….

Just follow the arrows…shhhh!

A little farther….

Don’t tell a soul about voting for me at The Byronic Man’s blog

Can you keep a secret?

Do you think there is some truth in what I said?

Photos of Courtney and her friend Courtney by Susie Lindau

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    1. Nope in fact if anything it could be the 21st. My daughter says that since she turns 21 on the 28th, she is going to start partying on the 20th just to make sure!
      Throw an end of the world party anyway! It would be a blast!


  1. A long time ago a very close friend told me a dark secret after which she never spoke to me again. It was as if she regretted telling me or something. I never told anyone else.


  2. I am amazing at keeping secrets. My mom knows this and tells me things she doesn’t tell my older (!) siblings till much later. There have been a few times where keeping silent hasn’t been good for me, though. But I think that’s (mostly) sorted out now.

    See, I haven’t even told you if I voted!


  3. That’s exactly the reason I never want anyone to divulge any secrets with me. I know I won’t tell, but I’m figuring the next person they tell might not be so discreet.


    1. I am a firm believer in if you want something to spread like wild fire, tell people it is a secret and not to tell anyone…. 🙂
      Thanks Sophie! Great party!


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