Sweet Little Lies
As kids, we’re told, time and again, that lying is wrong. Do you believe that’s always true? In your book, are there any exceptions? ~ The Daily Post Writing Prompt Dec 12, 2014
When my children were small and during the time we were making preparations for Christmas, a hic-up occurred in our “almost perfect,” Christmas plans.
My two children and I were in my car preparing to go shopping. My son, six years old at the time, informed me,
“Mommy, I know there really isn’t a Santa Claus, it is you and daddy.”
Instantly, warning bells began ringing between my ears. (My three year old daughter was in the car).
What do I say? Do I tell him that Santa Claus is his mommy and daddy, thus ruining the Santa Claus experience for my daughter? Should I lie? Should I not lie? Is it a lie?
I sat there quietly for a moment. Then I turned to him and replied,
“Really? Did you know that when you stop believing in Santa, he stops coming?”
His little eyes grew huge. Without skipping another beat, he excitedly answered,
“OH, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!”
Is it a lie? I think not.
He looks real to me!