Things to Teach: Honesty

Temper your trip with complete honesty!

The other day children #’s 2, 4, and I were at an amusement park. We were excited to find that my favorite water ride was finally open, after almost 2 years of being closed! Yay!

We got in line, and no sooner than we did, than a boy between 10 and 12 years of age tried to cut in front of us. I told him there was no cutting, to which he replied that he was just trying to get to his mom, who was literally the family in front of us. I said that she could come back and join him, but that line-jumping is against the rules. She then sends her friend back to collect the boy and then yells at me that he’s just a little boy. First, he was a preteen, not a little boy. Second, she’s an adult and as such should know better, which I told her!

Absolutely no line-jumping!!!

To make matters worse, her children were very badly behaved and kept picking at the foliage that lined the path and then throwing it at the ride’s occupants. Unreal! The poor plants!

Then I see her talking on her cellphone. Turns out she called security on me for trying to tell her the rules and avoid her teaching her children that the rules don’t apply to them! Seriously? So, the security guard comes and talks to her and then comes back to me! Really? It’s apparent that she has lied to him about what happened. I tell him what actually happened, leaving out the part about her children abusing the plants, but it is obvious that he already has the story that he wants to be true and won’t listen further, even when I say I have witnesses! He just replies that she does too! Yeah, like her friend who went back, collected the child and personally helped him (and her!) cut back in line! Wonderful!

Yeah, I can tell how much they enforce the no line-jumping rule! Maybe he felt an affinity to her, as she was of similar heritage, or maybe she gave him some bullshit story, painting herself and her son as the victims and me as the aggressor. It doesn’t really matter. I have security’s number in my phone and will be the first to call if anything like this ever happens again and God saw the truth!

When it comes right down to it, she broke the rules and clearly enforced it to her children that they are above honesty and the rules. It makes me angry and sad. This is how we get adults that believe that the laws don’t apply to them! This is how we get more people like my ex and my friend’s ex. No, of course the law doesn’t apply to you. You’re the victim here! Of course it’s everyone’s fault but yours!!!

Enough said.

So, please everyone, teach your children and grandchildren that honesty is the best policy. You may not win friends, but at least you won’t have it on your heart when you face God! I’m so disappointed in people right now!

Published by Rita

I am a single mother, a Christian, a writer, an abuse survivor, a reader, and a friend. I've wanted to be a writer my entire life and now here I am!

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