Here is a cute story, illustrating the old adage that you should always tell
the truth to your mother.
John invited his mother over for dinner. During the meal, his mother
couldn't help noticing how beautiful John's roommate was. She had
long been suspicious of a relationship between John and his roommate
and this only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact,
she started to wonder if there was more between John and the roommate
than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, John volunteered, "I know
what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Julie and I are just
About a week later, Julie came to John and said, "Ever since your
mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver
gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you?" John said,
"Well, I doubt it, but I'll write her a letter just to be sure." So he
sat down and wrote:
I'm not saying you 'did' take a gravy ladle from my house, and I'm
not saying you 'did not' take a gravy ladle. But the fact remains
that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Several days later, John received a letter from his mother which read:
I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Julie, and I'm not saying that
you 'do not' sleep with Julie. But the fact remains that if she was
sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.