I am not sure how or why we often switch from the truth to lies. Sometimes I am not even sure if we ever really tell the truth. Maybe what passes between our lips is more often simply our version of the events happening to us or around us. Maybe, like Adam (the guy in the garden), we just head down the not quite true path without giving it much thought.

On March 16th I had my lawn tractor picked up for repair by a local business. Believe it or not, the repairs had been made by the end of the same day. Great service! While on the phone, I was asked if I would like the flat front tire repaired. I told them no, I live in the woods and am constantly running over things that puncture tires. Those things I take care of myself.

I went down bright and early the next morning and paid my bill. While I was there I was asked if I wanted a flat front tire repaired. I told them no; I live in the woods and am constantly running over things that puncture tires. Those things I take care of myself. They said okay to that and told me the tractor would be delivered back to my home on Thursday.

Thursday . . . no tractor.

On Tuesday, March 23rd, when the tractor had not arrived by 2 pm I called them to report the missing tractor and asked if they would put out a missing tractor bulletin. The company representative did not know the location of my tractor and said he would call me back. A couple of hours later I received the call and was told that they had discovered a flat front tire on my tractor and would I like it repaired. I told them no; I live in the woods and am constantly running over things that puncture tires. Those things I take care of myself (have I mentioned this before?). They said okay to that and told me the tractor would be delivered back to my home this coming Thursday.

I would like to think that my tractor will be here on Thursday, but I do have a strong suspicion that a flat front tire will be discovered. The reality is that a part of me feels like the flat front tire has become the focus of blame; that the tire is at fault rather than a simple screw up. I hope that is not the case. I hope that this is nothing more than a comedy of errors rather than a lie. As is common, if it was a lie, it was not necessary. Most lies are not necessary. It is easier to keep a straight face when telling the straight truth.