Just Kidding

“He can’t mean that,” Maggie said. She shook her head, no, no, no. “Maybe he’s just kidding.”

“I don’t think so,” I answered. “You don’t kid about stuff like that. There are some things you can’t make jokes about, and that is one of them.”

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “Just Kidding”

  1. Each and every time he made one of his nasty comments and saw the looks of amazement on whomever was around, he’d follow his comment up very quickly with “just kidding!” Everyone in their circle knew damned well he wasn’t “just kidding.” He was a coward who could never express his thoughts or feelings honestly. Instead he attempted to slip in a quick comment and then disown it. He was cruel, nasty, and perverse. Everyone knew it. They all wished they could get rid of him. He didn’t fit in. Why didn’t one of them tell him to “get lost.”

  2. “Ask your doctor if _____ is right for you.” Fill in the blank with some medicine pushed by a giant in the pharmaceutical industry. If TV is any gauge it seems biologics and chemicals are the be-all and end-all for serious diseases and other maladies (including old age) today. Often I see the ads and envision someone, instead of self-diagnosing as we all tend to do, really ask the question of our primary care doctor, receiving a positive reply with the addition: “Just kidding.” That’s pretty much all these ads deserve from the general public. And, believe me, I’m not “just kidding!”

  3. Her eyes faded, and his mind rioted over the look that replaced them. He didn’t know why it freaked him out so much, but all words escaped him. He froze, unable to move and explain it away. His face twitched; it was just enough to grimace and say, “Just kidding!”

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