Over at the Teen Fiction Cafe website, the very witty author, Lauren Baratz-Logsted posed this question: WHAT IS A CONCLUSION YOU JUMPED TO THAT LATER PROVED TO BE SPECTACULARLY WRONG? and then opened the floor for reader responses.
I've made this kind of blunder too many times to count, but one in particular comes readily to mind. I once met up with a woman I hadn't seen in about a year and she'd changed her hairstyle drastically--from very long beautiful hair, to an adorable chic short cut.
I spent about twenty minutes raving about how cute her haircut was, and saying I'd often thought of doing the same, but never had the courage to go that short.
After babbling on like this for some time, I asked, "So what made you decide to cut it?"
And she said, "I had brain surgery."
Really and truly this did happen. Even now, my face gets red thinking about it. Talk about putting things in perspective...
The bright spot in the whole thing was that the surgery was successful in eliminating her epileptic seizures. (And her hair did look cute.)