A staple in the world of tales, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, is not only a cute story, but also a cautionary tale that we reference to our children to help explain the importance of telling the truth. So everyone knows that lie=bad and truth=good.
But what about those “little while lies?” The ones that so many of us tell on a daily basis to make people more comfortable or to avoid conflict? Come on, you know which ones I’m talking about.
- Thank you so much! I love it! (When opening a gift of *insert worst gift ever here.*) You can’t tell me that at one point you didn’t tell this lie.
- You look great in that! (When your in your head thinking, “Where in the world did you even find that? I can’t believe you paid good money for something like that. Were there no mirrors in the store?”)
- No officer, I’m not sure how fast I was going. (Yes you do. The big dial is right there.)
- I don’t know what memo you’re talking about. (Of course you had seen the memo, but honestly, who cares? Why are you bothering me this? Whose turn was it to get donuts?)
- I’m on my way. (Oh sh*$! I forgot! *pulling on shoes and stumbling out the door*)
- I’ll call you back. (Ugh, I’m sorry I even gave him/her my number.)
- Oh yeah, I remember you. (And now you’re leaning over and asking your spouse, “Who’s that guy?”)
- I’m listening. (Aside from Doctor Frasier Crane, maybe not.)
- I’m busy that day. (*glancing down at blank calendar*)
Thank goodness there’s no big, bad wolf hanging out behind us when we tell these ones. So what about you? What’s your favorite little white lie?