My Joe Wilson Moment

The incident with Joe Wilson brought to mind my own moment of disclosure from years of calculated deceit.

It involved a loaf of bread.

When my boys were very young and I hadn’t gotten to the store to buy another loaf which was running low for the PB & J sandwiches and knowing no one liked to eat the heals of the bread I concocted a story. I told them it was the baker’s piece and it was so special and yummy that he saved it for himself and no one else could eat it. Amazingly they both bought it and every slice of bread was eaten and not only that but the baker’s piece was even requested.

Jump forward almost 20 years when we were reminiscing one night and I said something like …’and remember all the sandwiches with the “baker’s piece” (air quotes) and how you would eat the heals of the bread?’ Suddenly my 21 year-old’s face looked as if he was 3 years old and I had told him there was no Santa. He said, “You lied!!” I said, “What?” He said, “You lied to me! I feel so foolish. I can’t believe you did that!” I was completely caught off guard by his reaction and shrugged it off with a smile and slight laugh and said, “That’s not true!” I knew this was not a matter of slice preference and although we were years away from worrying who got the baker’s piece the fact was I had purposely deceived him and I was being called on it!

I feel badly to this day believe it or not.
I had never lied to my children before or since that I can recall.

I think some parental secrets are better kept until one’s a grandmother.

Santa is another story saved for another time. 🙂

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  1. Wow. That’s a great story.

    I can relate. I was floored when I found out my mother lied to me when I was a child. It bothers me to this day. It’s the one person that I want to think I can always believe.

    That is truly a life lesson and I agree, some parental secrets are better kept!

  2. hahahha. This post cracked me up. I am 27 and my mom just unveiled a few elements of our childhood to be in the same light. She refuses to say she lied. She calls it “creative Parenting”….

  3. Ran across your blog and love it! Love that post!

  4. What a cute story! I’ll have to remember to keep my little white lies until they are much older. 😉

  5. Love your post. We have a 2 and 4 year old and my husband does not want to lie about Santa…btw I am always throwing out the heals…

  6. Poolside ~ OMGosh! That makes me feel especially guilty!! Forgive your mother and I’ll feel absolved. 😉

    Katiesperk ~ I am so using your mother’s line. Love it! 🙂

    The Wife ~ Thank you very much and welcome! 🙂

    Seersucker ~ Thanks. Yes, when they are much older – like 40 and can pay for their own therapy! 😉

    Cricket ~ Thanks. Luckily my boys never asked but I did let them transition into it to figure it out for themselves. I will write a post about that too closer to the holidays. Kids. Gotta love ’em. 🙂

  7. Yes, maybe better kept a secret until they face their own parenting challenges, then they’ll know where it came from and will understand the phrase “for your own good”. 😉

  8. This is a great post. Don’t feel guilty! You were doing it for their own good—-they had to eat right??!!
    You are so funny!

  9. I’m totally with you on the whole not letting the kids find out about little white lies until you are a grandmother, LOL! I know I told a few to my children, but I seriously think they would laugh it off. As a matter of fact, your son was probably saying what he did because he wanted to jerk your chain a little over it….