I know I was shocked when I first heard the news.
I’ll bet you were too.
We trusted him. We respected him.
We felt like we knew him.
And then when the stories about his impropriety began to surface, we started to question.
Not only his authenticity, but also our own judgment.
Like so many that lead lives of misconduct, Bill Cosby hid behind an illusion of perfection. He played the father we all wished we had, and his off-screen demeanor paralleled his on screen performance. He always seemed kind. And patient. Making us laugh and making us learn.
And also making us look away from his behavior behind the scenes.
Causing those that heard of his behavior to question the veracity of the claims.
And perhaps even making those subject to his offenses question their own memories.
Because in so many ways, he was so good.
Too good to be true.
I never realized that my ex was also too good to be true in many ways. I thought I was lucky to have a husband that I got along with so well that we never seemed to have areas of friction. I felt blessed that he was so patient with me and would strive to temper any anxiety I felt. I was in awe of his ability to solve any problem and I delighted at the fact that he always had an answer.
I trusted him. I respected him.
I felt like we knew him.
And then when the stories about his impropriety began to surface, I started to question.
Not only his authenticity, but also my own judgment.
And all too often, that’s how it is. Sometimes the wolves walk among us unshielded. But much of the time, the wolves are dressed in the finest wool, revered as the ideal lamb.
And who suspects a lamb?
Watch out for those who overcompensate. Those who seem too good to be true. Be wary when tensions never rise and irritation rarely shows. Be cautious around people who never sweat and never seem fazed.
Because all of us are a blend of both wolf and sheep.
And those who pretend otherwise are hiding something.
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