autobiographical posts 'r' us
In a recent conversation with my mother I mentioned, "I am secretly controversial." The statement was meant to be another seed for the forest that I hope will grow up and tell her I'm gay so I don't have too.
I got a very different reaction than expected, "Oh, you do like to stir the pot!"
That was hardly news to me* but it was something I've said about myself only recently. Lately, I've had to explain my behavior to many new people at once. One after another many of you have called me out on my approach to handling blog posts and I've honestly enjoyed the opportunity.
I realize I have a strong personality. Both my humor (often sarcastic) and my debate style (often confrontational) are things I've always known about. I even consciously tone myself down around new friends so they can have a chance to "build a resistance" to me.
So maybe it was just jarring to hear my mother use that phrase. It made me think the forest I planted over the years had a game trail that lead right to my blog. It was only for a moment, and honestly it was a pretty silly thought, but for a second it was scary!
It didn't help that she followed that with the statement, "I've always known about you."
It turns out she merely remembered details of a personality test I forgot I had taken a few years back. After she hung up I got out the test results and found a few things I didn't remember reading.
-"Since your major quest in life is to constantly take in knowledge and turn that into something useful, you will try to turn everything into a learning experience. "
-"Your enthusiasm for verbal debates can make you appear argumentative."
-"Tendency to be critical of opinions and attitudes which don't match your own. "
So are moms perceptive or do they just do their homework?
*or Drex, or -L-, or Scot, or Hurricane Chris, etc.