If you ever meet my kids and ask them about the ice cream store, they will tell you something pretty surprising:
“It’s often closed on Saturdays.”
Why do they believe that? Well, here’s the thing: When my kids were young, they would often scream if they saw the sign for the ice cream store. Or Waffle House. They loved Waffle House because it has hash browns and the oldest selection of jukebox songs on the planet. Nope, actually they loved the waffles and the buckets of syrup they’d try to snatch out of the waitresses hands when she wasn’t looking. (Is there a stickier place on the planet than the surface of a Waffle House table? I submit “no.”)
So one day, when we were driving by an ice cream store and they screamed “We want to go!!!,” I may or may not have said, “It’s closed today.”
And that was a lie. Similar to the lie we tell them when we act like “breakfast supper” is an exciting moment and not an indication that mom and dad have failed to go to the grocery store all week.
But my lying ways have been topped. A friend told me a parenting lie that put me to shame. (Or maybe made me feel less shame. It’s a toss up.) Her friends tell a lie about the ice cream man, and here it is:
“The ice cream man only turns the music on in his truck when he’s out of ice cream.”
Every time her kids would see the ice cream man, they would get excited, right up to the moment when he turned on the music, indicating that he was out of ice cream.
That’s horrible. But also funny.
So today, my question for you is:
What’s the silliest lie you’ve ever told your kids, or what’s the silliest lie your parents ever told you?