What is it about those words that drives us NUTSO?? And what is it about KNOWING something that is a secret from most of the rest of the world that makes us feel all tingly and adrenalated? (totally not a word, totally should be)
I’ll be honest. Writing books about things like s-e-x and pregnancy means I’ll often get told secrets–even by people I don’t even know. I’ll get e-mails from sweet young (or old!) mamas-to-be that say, “My hubby and I just found out we’re pregnant, and we haven’t told anyone yet, but I want you to know I’m reading Expecting and loving it!”
Or e-mails from women who’ve read Is That All He Thinks About? and want to tell me something really personal they’ve been struggling with (or rejoicing over) and are just dying to tell someone.
I can’t say that I mind being a Secret Keeper. It’s an honor and a pleasure. And sometimes even deliciously satisfying.
I remember one time when I was in the right place at the right time and got in on a little (big) secret. It was January of this year (man, that seems like forever ago), and I was at the Super-Duper Siesta Scripture Memory Event in Houston. I wrote about it here and here, (2 of my favorite posts ever) so I won’t rehash all the debatably-pointless details, but what I never shared back then was that not only did Travis Cottrell order meatloaf at lunch, he also told a big secret. And while Beth and Amanda and Melissa and Melanie are practically his sisters, I was a complete stranger to him. (Which of these things does not belong here?) I could sense his hesitancy (should I really talk about this with this who-in-the-world-is-she? at the table?). I think Mama Beth might have told him I was okay.
His secret? He and his family were leaving Nashville to move to Jackson, TN where Travis was going to take a worship pastor position at a church. It was pretty big stuff, and I was kind of in awe that I got to be in on it.
With Christmas around the corner, secrets are everywhere. Like that extra-special, just-so-perfect gift you found for someone, and now you just have to find a way keep it a secret until December 25th.
Chances are, you’re going to tell SOMEONE. You have to. Secrets are soooooo hard to keep all to yourself. So you look for that one person who will DELIGHT in your secret but still KEEP your secret. And then you tell her.
It’s a nice feeling to be trusted with a secret, huh.
There are secrets about love and babies and gifts and surprise parties and the TITLE OF THE BOOK WE’RE READING FOR OUR NEXT READ-ALONG.
Can you tell that I don’t really want to keep this a secret much longer? Thankfully, Wednesday, December 1st, isn’t that far away. But I kind of want to tell some of you now. And I also want to tell you about some of the prizes that could be yours each week of the Read-Along. (oh, the prizes!!)
So, maybe if you tell me why you’d be the perfect person to share my secret, I’ll send a little super-secret message your way…