March 10, 2008

Your witness, counselor

I caught the Girl Child, just aged seven, in a lie last Sunday. It was a stupid lie, uttered without thinking about it, to avoid getting yelled at. Not a great success as the world came down around her shoulders. I detest dishonesty and am doing my best in inculcate in my children habitual honesty in response to questions, even in response to questions which might get them in trouble. They are always in worse trouble for lying than for telling me the truth.

Anyway, while I was putting the lass to bed on Monday night, we had the following exchange:

Me: Did you lie to anyone today?

GC: I have no recollection.

When I was seven, I doubt I even knew the word recollection, much less how to use it in a sentence.

Upon further probing the matter, she told me that she didn't think that she had lied that day. Still, I am regularly surprised when I have to cross examine my daughter as if she were a witness.

Posted by Random Penseur at March 10, 2008 03:09 PM | TrackBack

Wow! That is so cute and funny, but only becuase its not my child. My sister in law is an international lawyer and litigator. I am impressed at skillfully she gets to the bottom of things with my son. I'm even more impressed at how they team up against me sometimes to negotiate deals, such as staying up for 30 min past bedtime or getting a desired dessert after dinner.

They leave me speechless because they anticipate my objections and cite precedent events. On those occassions I seldom win. Maybe I need a lawyer on my team.

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