Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Honesty

Honesty

We have two delightful grand-daughters.  Only eighteen months apart, they are both friends and sisters. They are so very different from each other.

"Red Queen" is studious and an awful liar who always confesses.  "Alice" is a butterfly and an unrepentant liar. 

That is why this event tickled and surprised us.  We had picked the girls up from school and were driving to their house.

“Grandpa, you’d better move this big folder here…Why, honey?.

“Well, if you don’t, I’ll look at it and it’ll distract me, and then”….Then what?

“Then I’ll pick it up, and then I’ll open it, and then…Alice, why are you crying?

“I’ll open it up, I’ll take out the papers,

 I’ll fold them and tear them…” Sweet baby…

She sobbed more.  ”When we get out of the car, you’ll ask me if I played with your papers, and I’ll say No I Didn’t, and then you will say Tell The Truth, and then I’ll say I Am Telling The Truth…”

By the time we walked into the house, Alice was in fully crying mode.  “I’ll go to my room…”  She stomped up the stairs and we heard the door slam.


The folder was intact in the car, with sobs echoing down upon it.

The Red Queen of Hearts and Alice 



42 comments:

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    1. Oh, she does. And she's so darn cute that sometimes things work out, and other times not.

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  2. Guilt from nothing. She definitely has some Irish blood running in her veins.

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  3. She only thought about it and felt guilty.

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    1. Alice has been through the real thing so many times that she knows the routine.

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  4. How lovely, so very true. When I saw h for honesty, I thought of the honesty my Nana used to grown in her cottage garden. Memories...

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    1. I did not know it was the name of plant.

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  5. Oh my goodness! Talk about over thinking things! Poor dear.

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    1. sweet little girl who has a lot to learn.

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  6. How precious. What beautiful granddaughters you have there.

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  7. They're pretty little liars. ;) I think that's the name of a show. :)

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    1. and I feel guilty writing that too!! Just so you know. Feels like I'm name calling, lol!!

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    2. They are pretty, and one is usually innocent and the other has to be focused. So in a sense you are correct. No apologies needed.

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  8. Awww... sounds like she knows herself pretty well though!

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    1. Oh she does. This dialogue she has had many time with her mom.

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  9. Poor Alice. Both approaches can be traumatic - and are infinitely better than my youngest brother who early learnt the art of telling the truth so it sounded like a lie. He got called on it a few times, was found to be telling the truth and subsequently used the technique to get away with rather a lot. And more than forty years later still does it.

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    1. Rascal brothers...what can I say? Had them too, and they wrestled with the truth concept.

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    1. She tests the limits, but then she can relax knowing she is held to a standard.

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    1. I am blessed to see them frequently and play with them.

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  12. Susan your granddaughters are adorable :)

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  13. You won't have to worry about her ever not telling the truth

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  14. You better watch the door slammers. One of my daughters did the same thing....Stomped up the stairs and slammed the door and if she thought we didn't hear, she open the door and slam it again. Well today, the's still troble. Hahahah

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    1. Two daughters=two door slammers, that's what I had.

      So many giggles with your comments.

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  15. Too funny:) I love their outfits and it seems to go with them:)

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    1. She has it all worked out. I use my "teacher eyes" on her when she heads down that road.

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  17. Children do listen to us. Funny how they know what will get them in trouble, but they still have the impulse. This story is so sweet! She lived out the whole scenario without actually having done the crime. They are the CUTEST picture!

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  18. Your granddaughters are adorable! They obviously love you very much, and won't attempt to pull one over on you, Susan!

    Julie

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  19. It's good that she works all this out for herself, including being sent to her room. Takes the load off the parents. She'll grow out of that eventually.

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  20. Aww, what a cute story. Poor Alice! They are both such beautiful little girls.

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  21. Oh, my ears and whiskers! Reminds me of the time my grandmother was driving, telling the story of the Billy Goats Gruff, quite dramatically, and had me convinced a troll got her. She had to stop the car on the road, get out and run around it, knock on my window to "let her in" and resume driving before I stopped crying hysterically. :) I fear your Alice has a great future, perhaps as a writer and storyteller, herself?

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!