I recently ran into a JW I knew from a few years back.
You know how it goes, a few pleasantries that always seem much more awkward than they really should (not for me, mind you--for him).
And then the question, "So what congregation are you attending? Are you able to make the meetings?"
I'm thinking: Do you always start conversations this way?
So anyways, knowing full well the JW-mindset, I decided to have a bit of fun.
Furrowing my brow, I said, "That's an odd question!" which threw him off a bit. Pausing just long enough for the full-effect to sink in, but not long enough for him to actually respond, I quickly continued, "I bet my meeting attendance it better than yours! I can honestly say, 'I have not missed a single meeting in over a year!' Can you say that?"
Puzzled and completely caught off-guard, he sheepishly said, "Well, no. I do miss the occasional meeting, ..." Adding a little too quickly, "But only when I'm really sick or it's completely unavoidable. You know how it is, don't you?"
"I understand, I understand," I said all the while shaking my head as if in disbelief. Pointing skyward I added, "You don't owe me an explanation!"
Keeping the momentum going, and really just wanting to go about my business, I concluded, "Anyways, it was really good to see you again. We should get together sometime. And, hey: work on that meeting attendance!"
"I will," he weakly replied.
"Good!" I clapped him enthusiastically on the shoulder and walked away.
What he didn't know was this: although I was completely truthful in every word I spoke, I did not mean them the way I know he took them.
You see, I haven't been to a meeting at the Kingdom Hall in over a year, and I can honestly say, "I have not missed a single one!"