The Speed of Word of Mouth

My sister recently got engaged. She called my mother from California to tell her the good news, but asked her to keep it quiet until she came back to Atlanta so that she could have the pleasure of telling all of her friends herself.

Of course, knowing that my mother couldn't keep a secret to save her life, and would suffer severe emotional trauma unless she could break the news to someone--ANYONE!--who was willing to listen, my sister granted one exception: my mother could call her family living in Israel.

Regrettably, either my mother forgot to tell her Israeli relatives to keep their mouths' shut (it runs in the family), or they forgot that one of their regular Sabbath guests is from Atlanta; regardless, this person from Atlanta living in Israel told another person from Atlanta living in Israel, my neighbors' daughter, who called her parents and told them the news.

In less than 24 hours, the news that my sister wanted to be kept secret traveled half-way across the world and back again. Moral of the story: If you want a secret kept, don't tell it to my mother.

(Then again, the fact that I'm blogging this without my sister's permission and before she returns from California does not speak well of me either. So if you know me, my sister or my family in real life, don't start telling everyone you know either. Or at least don't tell them you heard it from me.)

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Okay, I don't know y'all in

Okay, I don't know y'all in real life, so I'm good to go! :)

Congrats to your Sis, and wishes for a beautiful future.

I wish your sister many

I wish your sister many children. Just one comment. Why aren't you guys in Israel? We need more Jews.