Distorting Reality

by Rick on June 20, 2020

July evening,
western sky is aglow in its journey toward pink.
A child no more than three
walks the peaceful path before us
dwarfed by two parents.

They stop to admire the dazzling bed of lilies that line the path. The girl moves toward the flowers and reaches out to touch them. The mother says:
“Don’t touch the flowers. You’ll kill them.”

How is that a good thing
to say to a child?

Distorting reality to a child is a sin.

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Rick Armstrong June 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm

Very early, well before 1 year, Zan and Jonas’ warning for their daughter was “Be gentle” for flowers, smaller children, ‘good’ books, etc and a pretty good motto for life! I can imagine incidents where “bend the truth” may be appropriate due to safety or complexity — but not here.

PS: Fran and I are enjoying a month of tending to granddaughter [17 months] near Ogden while Zan and Jonas work from “home”. Another great time to watch her grow!

Billy R September 14, 2020 at 9:26 am

Just testing the system

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