Friday, March 21

Telling lies for amusement

It’s not nice to tell a youngster a total lie, unless of course it’s funny. One morning several years ago we were listening to an AM radio broadcast from San Francisco, which is pretty far away. There was some kind of disaster, like an earthquake or something, and I was interested in getting news from close to the source. As the morning wore on, the radio signal got fainter and fainter and finally disappeared. I said to young daughter Hilary, “Do you know why the signal faded and finally disappeared?” “No, Daddy. Why?” “Because as the day goes on, more and more people turned on their radios, and that finally used up all the signal.”

Was I a Bad Dad? After all I did explain that it was a joke. It’s all part of home schooling; get your lies from a source you can trust.

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