insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy

3.01.2013

honesty....ordinary?

Son comes home with smile on his face.  I find a note from his teacher....Congratulations, your child made a 105 on their spelling test today.   They do not have spelling homework the rest of the week and no more spelling test this week.

I look at son......Good Job, Owen!
Son replies matter of factly, "yeah I know, I cheated."
I say..."you did what?"
Son says..."I didn't know how to spell because, so I looked in the book in my desk." smiles
Me...."Owen!  You can't cheat!  You didn't really make a 105....we have to call your teacher and tell her."
blood drains from his face.....fear and sadness replace the once sparkling eyes....."but"
insert tears...."i don't want to tell her"

honesty is not ordinary
we, by nature, lie
we don't won't to tell the things that may cause us trouble
but i encourage you to make honesty the ordinary

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. Proverbs 6:16-20

the rest of the story....
Owen had to do his spelling homework and retake his test.  His teacher was proud of him for being honest.

And I fear he may never tell me anything again......

- Linking with Lisa Jo @ five minute friday

6 comments:

  1. What a teaching moment you had with your little one. You're right--honesty isn't our nature, but as children of God, it should become our ordinary. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. So hard to be a mom sometimes - but we have to teach them honesty! And, think: he trusts you enough to tell you the truth, in spite of the fact that he *knew you would call the teacher!

    I pray he continues trust you with all of his heart.

    Patty

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  3. Oh, goodness. That totally could have happened in my house. Good job handling things mama.

    First thing this morning, before coffee even, I read an email from my son's teacher. He lost the homework I stood over to make sure he completed. What? How??? Oh, goodness. Some days the ordinary is not so easy. I'm hoping kids who lose their homework and draw on their science paper instead of doing the work will still grow up to be responsible, productive members of our society. In fact, I'm counting on it! *Prayers said* *fingers crossed*
    ~FringeGirl

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  4. Oh I have been there! So many truths in your words

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  5. oh goodness, this is such a hard lesson. You did the right thing Momma. All of my boys had to learn this lesson, and it hurts so much! But he will also remember this FOREVER! Good for you again, Mom!

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  6. Hello!
    Isn't that how it goes! Telling the truth can often result in a 'punishment', so it can teach kids to just never tell the truth! That's why being a parent, heck even human!, can be hard! love your FMF

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