Sometimes we need an escape from reality. My mother (I seem to write about her a lot) told me she used to have a trick for getting the housework done quickly. She fancied Steve McQueen and imagined he was coming to visit. I found this hilarious at the time but it got me wondering what lies I also tell myself to get me through. It turns out I tell myself quite a few:
Lets pretend I’m not up early in the morning
and so I stay up drinking past 1.
Lets pretend it’s funny at 7,
when my son bounces on my head for fun.
Let’s pretend the ironing can wait –
it’s not at an Everest proportion.
Let’s pretend I’m desperate to do it –
but today I’ve not go the notion.
Let’s pretend Leo DiCaprio’s coming,
so the housework needs doing fast.
Let’s pretend he’s still as fit and handsome
as he was in the distant past.
(I still dig him though)
Let’s pretend it’s fine she’s 3 weeks late –
you understand, you’ve been skint too.
Let’s pretend you’re not seething on Facebook
at her hotel room with the view.
Let’s pretend I didn’t lose 30 lbs
and work so hard to change.
Let’s pretend it’s fine friends didn’t notice –
they’ve busy lives, it’s not that strange.
Let’s pretend I don’t mind when they forget,
or when people never go to any trouble.
Let’s pretend I don’t think
they’ll all living in their own selfish bubble.
Let’s pretend she’s got another 3 years –
this cancer’s not getting her yet.
Let’s pretend to the boy she’s ok,
Granny’s got the flu – don’t fret.
Let’s pretend it’s all good –
we’re coping, we’re not living in dread.
Let’s pretend everything’s fine,
we’re not worrying about what lies ahead.
Let’s pretend I’m somewhere else –
I can escape for a while and be real.
Let’s pretend my name is Beth
and I can write everything that I feel.
Sometimes you just need to pretend in order to get through things, whether it be a difficult assignment or something longer term that’s troubling you. I wonder what lies we all tell ourselves? We all do it, it’s not just me – is it?
In response to the daily word prompt pretend