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!
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
But Santa? Even Ashley's not that crazy.