Monday, March 14, 2011

To Lie or Not to Lie

Last weekend, Ashley told a lie.

She wanted to play 'puter games.  Or as they're better known to the English speakers of the world - computer games.

She kept asking me and asking me if she could play.  So I said to her - yes.  But only if you take a nap today.  (Let it be known that Ashley hasn't napped since 2007.  It's been a rough 4 years.) 

Since Ashley loves 'puter games, she dutifully went upstairs to "try" and take a nap.  Now, even though I think my children can do anything they put their minds to - I did not expect much success in this endeavor.  But lo and behold, about an hour later, Ashley came bounding down the stairs saying in a sing-song voice "Moo-mmy, I took a naaaa-aaaaap!"  Followed closely by "Can I play 'puter games?  Can I?  Can I play 'puter games, huh huh can I, pretty please with a cherry on top?"

I looked at her suspiciously.  "Did you really take a nap?"

"Yes, mommy, yes I did.  Daddy said I did, and he said I can play 'puter games."

And since Scott had gone upstairs to check on her awhile back, I figured he had seen her napping with his own eyes and had signed off on the 'puter game request.  So Ashley webbed off to pbskids.org where she proceeded to play Caillou games for the next 45 minutes.  Until Scott came downstairs, and informed me that Ashley had in fact NOT napped and had pulled a fast one on her poor, naive, trusting mother.  Her poor naive trusting mother who's really smart and pretty.  And fun.  Gosh, that mother is awesome!

Anyways.

So, Ashley fessed up, said farewell to 'puter Caillou and sat through a stern talking-to about lying.  But apparently it did not sink in, since later that night she again tried to tell us that she had taken a nap.

Scott said to her, "Ashley, what did we say about lying?"

"I'm not lying, daddy!  I did take a nap!"

I chimed in.  "Ashley you already admitted you didn't take a nap.  Are you really going to try to lie to us again?"

"But mommy, I did take a nap!"

Scott got serious.  "Ashley, are you sure you want to lie again?  Who is listening to you right now?"

"Ummm, mommy and daddy?"

"Yes, and who else?" said Scott.

"Ummm, Aidan and Owen?"

"Yes, and who else?"

She thought hard for a minute.  "Ummm, God?"

Scott said "Yes...and who else?"

Then Ashley heaved a big sigh. 

"Santa," she said dejectedly.

And that, my friends, is when she decided lying wasn't the best idea.  Let's recap, shall we?

In Ashley's mind, you can lie in front of:

1.  Your Family
2.  God

But Santa?  Even Ashley's not that crazy.
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22 comments:

GypsyFox said...

lol, the things kids will do to get their way!! my daughter does the same thing at her age of 4 & I have these talking-to's with her always! :-)

Jenner said...

That is a riot! He knows when you are sleeping... he knows when you're awake!! Funny, cuz my little one and I just watched a Calliou video tonight through Netflix.

Steph said...

That Santa is tough with the kids, isn't he? He's pretty straightforward too...naughty or nice.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I think if you banned her from playing the computer game for a day or two it would have made more of an impression that lying is really not acceptable. But then, what do I know since I don't have kids. Just sayin'.

Kmama said...

Ahh, the almighty Santa. LOL

sara said...

Smart girl...Santa is an unforgiving taskmaster! Everyone else tends to let things slide.

Helene said...

My kids are Santa-obsessed too. They'll lie til their blue in the faces but the minute I pull the old "Santa watches you all year long" bit, they straighten up and fly right...for a little while, anyway, until I have to bring Santa up again.

gringationcancun said...

HAHAHAHHAHA what a great card to play :) Gotta love Santa.

wonderchris said...

Love that girl!

tandis1 said...

Ooh, that's a good one! I'm going to have to remember that because half of my duo is having a hard time with that whole "truth" thing right now as well.

Liz said...

OK, I feel awful to say that I think it's sooooooo funny she was most concerned about Santa!

Agnes said...

LOL!!!!!

Brandy@YDK said...

ha. maybe nap meant something else to her? like leaving you alone for an hour?

Danae said...

Wow, the Santa card in March. Well played. :)

Cheryl Lage said...

HA! We to have had bouts of lying --- We may soon (sadly) lose the Santa card, too....thankfully, the school principal (unlike God and Mommy and Daddy) is NOT required to "love them no matter what." ;)

Love the work-arounds!

Jen said...

Lying is an issue in our house too. Hayden doesn't care about lying to me maybe I should try the whole Santa angle.

Katherine said...

This is why I wish I had rethought the whole "not having Santa" thing in our house. I have eliminated the single best behavioral modification tactic known to parents. What was I thinking?!

Holly Ann said...

LMAO!! I am seriously reconsidering the whole not telling my children the Santa myth thing now.

Rebecca said...

omg...too bad god didn't rate as high as santa!

my kids are so screwed...i never trust a word they say...

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

That is HILarious! Seriously, I just love it.

championm2000 said...

Classic! Now, if we can just keep them believing in Santa until they are 18...

:-)

Kim said...

*wipe away tear*
that seriously made my day! I'm forwarding this to my mom!