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Monday, March 17, 2008

Honesty is the Best Policy

How many times have we told our kids that they should ALWAYS tell the TRUTH. Well last Thursday I had to learn my lesson the hard way.

My friend called me at about 1:00 p.m. She was out running errands and wanted to stop by and pick up her daughters dance shoe that had been left in my car the night before. I panicked!! I still had breakfast dishes sitting on the table and was laying around in my PAJAMAS reading. Yes at 1:00 in the afternoon.

Yikes! I had to think fast. "Um, I'm not home." It was the best I could come up with. "But since Johnny is off track, I will have him go set it on the porch." Whew, that was a close call. I grabbed the shoe and opened the door to place it in the newly assigned spot. And to my complete horror, there she was in my driveway. I wanted to shrivel up and die!

She started crack'n up. The situation was pretty hilarious and it was a great item of conversation at our once a month girls lunch the next day. But I can't get it off of my mind. This is a great friend. Will she wonder now at what else I have lied about? Will she still consider me a person of integrity? Will she trust me the way that she has in the past? The sad thing is, she wouldn't have even cared if I was in my pajamas. I am being tormented by something that didn't even matter in the first place.

So some advice: NEVER tell a lie. No, not even a silly little one. "We believe in being honest" and now I know why!!


Marla said...

Lynell this is SO funny! OK, maybe it wasn't so funny to you at the time, but it will be hillarious to you in another year or so. How many of us haven't done stuff like this...I mean really!

Erin said...

Gosh, I can't wait till summer vacation... I will be in my PJ's all day long!

What a great reminder! It's sometimes tempting to bend the truth to get us out of a tough spot. Like blaming my late-ness on traffic.

Kelsi Ackley said...

I love it, to funny! I once went to my neighbors house in my robe, she answered the door hiding behind the door because she to was is her robe, then she saw that I was in my robe to, we both had to laugh! I had been chasing one of my boys down the street and on the way back decide to stop and say Hi!
Back to your story, I think anyone who is a true friend can forgive you! And if nothing else Lesson Learned! We all make mistakes! Quote for the day: If you will one day look back and laugh at it, you might as well laugh at it now! Take care, Kelsi

Grammy Staffy said...

Dear Nelly, how funny. I know how you feel. Remember the time that I needed flea drops for Heidi after Garvy died but didn't want to pay for a vet visit. (this was before you could buy Front Line over the counter)I went into the vet's office and asked for the drops for Garvy only to find out that they were the vet that had put Garvy to sleep the month before. When the receptionist told me all I could say was "You did?" She then said "Didn't you notice?" All I could say was "Well I guess I don't need the flea drops then." I laugh about it now but at the time I was devastated. Honesty really is the best policy. Luv ya lots, Mom

Danielle Christiansen said...

That is funnt, But i am sure if it were me in your shoes I wouldn't think so. But hey, Lesson learned right?