Marla's Gimme a Minute

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Did you hear a rumor?

Hi.  I’m Marla.  Gimme a Minute.  No really, I’m only going to take a minute.  I want to talk to you about rumors. 

 Not the Bellingham bar on Railroad, I mean the sharing of personal stories, gossiping, and more often than not, spreading lies and untruths. 

If the victim of this behavior heard any of these, it would be painful, embarrassing and humiliating.  You can hear rumors when innocently drinking coffee over the Sunday crossword in your favorite pastry shop.  The people at the table next to you are oblivious to your being there and are talking full volume. 

Suddenly, you hear a name, maybe the name of a personal friend, and your ears perk up.  Wait?  What?  Who?  She did?  He is?  And the new information rolls around in your head like the ball in the roulette wheel.  What do you do now?  Do you believe it?  Do you deny it?  Do you confront this table of talkers, telling them their tales are tacky and totally intolerable?  (you like that one?) 

Well here’s what I have to say about that. Rumors are just that.  Not based in fact, only fantasy and fallacy.  (OK, I won’t do that anymore)   

I’m just saying, if you hear a rumor about someone you consider a friend and you really want to nip it in the bud, you have two choices. 

One, turn to the rumor monger, and ask them politely to not spread stories they do not know for a fact to be based in truth, or two, well, I guess it’s the same as one. 

I’m Marla.  Thanks for listening.  See ya!

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