Remembrance of Dingbats
By Kali Amanda Browne
Copyright 2012 Kali Amanda Browne
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Many memoirs in the recent past have been taken to task for exaggerating details or promoting half-truths. I find the very idea hilarious! Memories are half-truths – they are nothing but one version of an event. Even if you were there to witness it, your version might contradict someone else’s version and, if viewed clinically, it will be nuanced enough to escape the harsh truth.
Years ago, one man told a story of his childhood – a moment so special it stayed with him and shaped his feelings in so many ways. His brother corrected him by enumerating the reasons this couldn’t have happened the way he remembered – for one thing, at the time he cited one of the starring characters was dead. The memory was so vivid in the other one’s mind he could clearly see it, almost touch and taste it.
Does that make him a liar?