‘You won’t love me if I tell you the truth about me’.
‘I can’t love you if you don’t.’
I can’t remember the first lie I ever told. I can’t remember how I learned it, or the exact moment the idea came into my head to choose to construct a little fiction instead of telling the truth. I’m certain I knew I was about to get into trouble for something I’d done, and that punishment was one I wanted to avoid at all costs.