Not for you. Don’t worry.
For me. Or rather, I am the spoiler.*
To say that I am impatient is an understatement. I like to think that it’s part of my charm, but I don’t ask just in case that’s not the case.
The thing is, I don’t think of it as “spoiling.” I think of it as enjoying the journey once I know the destination. I might already know the outcome, but I love finding out how we get there.
I do it with books, movies, TV shows – not all of them, but a lot. And occasionally I’ve even played Nancy Drew (can “detective” be another word for spoiler?) when I know BNF has a surprise up his sleeve. Which I suppose would only count as spoiling if I were ever able to figure out the surprise ahead of time.
But in preparing for this coming weekend I gave my inner Nancy Drew time off.
This weekend is my bridal shower and bachelorette party up in Philly, and I know next to nothing about what’s involved. Cla, the bridesmaids, and my mom have skillfully kept all details to themselves.
At one point, early on, I was talking to my mom, trying to weasel out some information.
“Oh, do you want me to pass anything on to Cla? Any details or thoughts?“
(I don’t remember my exact wording. I like to think I was sneakier than that. I probably wasn’t.)
“No. I’ll call her myself.“
Well played, Mama.
The thing I’m realizing, though, as I go into this, is that I’m SO excited to be surprised!
I mean, of course the control freak in me is dying to know every last detail, but the bigger part of me is as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. (A normal kid, who didn’t sneak downstairs in the middle of the night to dig through her stocking and try to peek at presents, and thus know what to expect.)
Now, does recognition of this feeling mean that I’m a reformed spoiler, and that I’m not going to look up the episodes of Game of Thrones anymore before I watch them?
Don’t be ridiculous.
But maybe I’ll resist the urge to guess the next time BNF mentions a surprise.
*For the record, I only ever spoil myself. I fully realize that not everyone shares my “must know now!” attitude.