Recently, we had our whole family together. Both sets of grandparents, all the aunts and uncles and cousins and our seven were gathered. My sister and my sister-in-law, who went to college together but don't get to see each other very often, were having a conversation that went something like this:
Sis: I've always said I could be a marine! If I had tried when I was 18, I really think I could have done it!
Sis-in-law: (looking puzzled) Hhhhmmm. . .
Sis: (feeling she should explain further) Seriously! Dad never thought I could do it and always scoffed at it. I know the training is rigorous, but I could have made it when I was younger.
Sis-in-law: (looking perplexed) Umm, ok. . .
Sis: (taking her confusion for doubt). Well, I really think when I was about 18 I could have managed it if I had worked hard enough.
Turns out, my sis-in-law did not hear my sister say she could be a marine, but instead thought she had said she could be a mermaid.
Hey - she totally could have been a mermaid if she tried hard enough.