Reminds me of my sister and how we see my mother differently. I was abused more — and because she was younger she tends to not remember my versions of what happened to me specifically during our childhood. It causes huge issues. We can’t stay together long before she starts rehashing memories of her version events and truths and it all goes downhill from there.

The storyteller gets to tell their truth, but just because they tell it doesn’t make it so. People lie and we should call those as such. People bend the truth and we shouldn’t encourage it. I shudder to think lying is a characteristic of a good executive but it definitely would explain why so many politicians are men and are polished liars. There’s more here in this story — but I think we’re living in a time where we need to call truth-truth, and parents really need to parent their kids. I think this piece gives us all food for thought on the truth.

Lastly, have you ever considered some parent was policing their kids chat transcript and saw how foul mouthed and disrespectful your 11-year old kid was? Is that a cultural thing? I’ve noticed a lot of 5th and 6th grade little boys cursing like it’s no tomorrow out in public with no regard for their elders or anyone else and wondered what the parenting style is like at home. Now I understand. If you’re counseling your kid on the F-bomb at home now, I can imagine what they say in person when you’re not around. Sometimes I want to record and write about it because it’s so alarming to me, but I don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy.

Truth and respecting others should be non-negotiable, especially when we know we are dealing with polished liars — no matter the age. The truth will stand, a lie has a way of finding one out.

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