Today, Kimberly over at Being A Wordsmith blog has asked us what are some myths that people have/had about us.
Most people think that I’m antisocial, but I’m not – I call it a slightly shy, quiet observer. I think before I speak, so I don’t just talk for the sake of talking. Some folks are naturally motor mouths – that’s just not me. But if I’m in a comfortable environment, and I’m on a roll, you’ll be wondering, “Does this girl ever shut up???” LOL
This brings me to the second myth, folks that don’t know me think that I’m stuck up. People falsely interpret my naturally quiet demeanor as being stuck up or standoff-ish. I used to try to go out of my way to smile more, talk to strangers at gatherings just so I wouldn’t be viewed as such. These days I don’t care much anymore. If you like me, you like me, if you don’t, you don’t. Get to know me before jumping to conclusions!
The BIGGEST and craziest myth that I’ve encountered are from folks who think that because I’m from New Orleans, I must practice voodoo. (insert blank stare here) The first time this came up was during my freshman year at Howard University. I remember there was a guy from New York who hung out with the same folks that I did. A group of us were sitting in the cafeteria talking, and somehow my hometown came up. Mr. New York stopped in his tracks, his eyes got big, and the conversation went something like this:
New York: Wait, you’re from New Orleans???
New York: Aww man. I heard about folks like you!
Me: Huh? (looking confused)
New York: Yo, my pops told me to stay away from folks like you.
Me: Folks like me??? (looking really confused)
New York: You women from New Orleans, y’all do that voodoo sh#t!
At that point, I truly had no words. Don’t you know after that, that joker avoided me all 4 years we were there?!?! Well this was not the last time, I’ve gotten this from many more folks – not the fear and avoidance, but just the questioning. I’ve had people ask me about voodoo dolls (like I know how to make them), spells (you might fare better reading Harry Potter), and if I know about the voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.
Well guess what? NO, I don’t know about voodoo, voodoo dolls, spells, potions, or anything like it! BUT, what I will tell you is that this fall on the F/X Network, the talented Angela Bassett will be potraying the infamous Marie Laveau on the 3rd season of American Horror Story. (prepare yourself before clicking on that last link)
What about you? What are some myths that folks have about you?
September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt: List 3 to 5 myths that people have/had about you and list the facts that prove the myths to be false.