Selene loved her boyfriend Alec very much and felt like she had finally found the one. However, he had a habit that bugged her. He would nod at nothing sometimes.
At first she thought he just wasn’t paying attention when she talked to him. Maybe the nod was his way of pretending to listen. But then one day as she was getting dressed she decided to test him.
“Honey, does this dress make me look fat?” she asked.
Alec began to nod his head and replied, “No. Of course not.”
“Then why did you nod? A nod means yes!” she said.
“It means nothing of the sort. Don’t be silly, Selene.” said Alec.
This was the breaking point for Selene. She loved Alec, but she couldn’t imagine living with someone who didn’t care about her anymore. She broke up with him right then and there.
But poor Alec had done nothing wrong. His habitual nod was a genetic tic he had inherited. There was nothing he could do to control it.