Why I lie to my kids

17 Jul

The following is not an actual conversation that took place, but it is a recreation similar to many conversations that I have actually had with Norah.  I made up the names, but make no mistake–this is based very much on reality.

Me: (scrolling through my Facebook news feed)

Norah: Mama, who is that?  (points to a picture)  Do you know them?

Me: That is a little girl named Susie and a boy named Rob.

Norah: Who are they?

Me: Their mommy and I went to school together a long time ago.

Norah: Did you ever meet them?

Me: No

Norah: Who is their mom?

Me: A lady named Rebecca.

Norah: Where are they?  Are they at the beach?

Me: I guess so.

Norah: I like that girl’s bathing suit.  Mom, can we go to the beach?  Daddy keeps telling me he will let us go to the beach one day.

Me: Yes, I guess we will go to the beach one day, but I don’t know when.

Norah: What are those kids’ names again?

Me: Susie and Rob

Norah: Are we going to go to that same beach Susie and Rob are playing at?

Me: I really don’t know, sweetie.  I doubt it.

Norah: Where is their daddy?  Is he there?

Me: I’m sure he is.

Norah: What’s his name?

Me: Mr. Collin

Norah: Have you ever met him?

Me: No

Norah: Why not?

Me: I don’t know.  I just never have.  Mrs. Rebecca met him after we went to school together.

Norah: Well, maybe we can go visit them sometime.

Me: Honey, I don’t know.  I haven’t really seen her in a long time, and we weren’t that close.

Norah: But her kids are on your Facebook so I think we should meet them.

(At this point, Norah sees another picture of someone else in my news feed and the entire line of questioning begins again.)

So, that is why I lie to my children.  Because now when I am looking at Facebook, at every single picture when Norah asks, “Who is that?  Do you know them?” I always say, “I have no idea.  Never met them.”

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