We've all had moments when we could swear someone said something exactly the way we thought we heard it. Turns out, that's not what they said at all. I had a moment like that recently.
I went to get my teeth cleaned at a new dentist office. The hygienist was looking over my personal information and chart.
Her: So you live in the country?
Her: It’s nice there. I love the pumpkin patch.
Me: Oh, ya. I love that. (Can’t tear me away from the pumpkin patch!)
She pauses…scanning my chart.
Her: Hmm…I see here that you’re a biter?
(I clench my teeth every night.)
Her: That’s greeeaaaat.
Me: (Whaaaat?) Not really.
Her: Why -- you don’t like it?
Me: No. (And why would I like it?) It gives me headaches. I think I do it because I'm stressed.
Her: You do it from home?
Me: When I’m asleep mostly. Sometimes when I’m awake and don’t realize I’m doing it.
Her: In your sleep? How do you do that?
Me: I just bite down like this.
(I demonstrate the nightly bite)
Her: You do that when you’re writing?
Me: What? You asked me if I was a biter.
Her: No, I said, "writer."