will not always set you free; little white lies never
is a saying, honesty is the best policy.
What the originator of this message didnt realize,
was that this was in fact, a lie. I find that in very
few situations this message actually rings true, especially
when it comes your parents.
What you are probably thinking is that I am a dirty
rotten liar. In truth, I am not.
I only lie when it is necessary to the situation.
Case in point.
What do you do when your parents ask, Why do you
have two toothbrushes?
The honest answer, Why Mother, my boyfriend spends
the night, we sleep in the same bed, and instead of
him using my toothbrush every night, we got him his
The dishonest answer, Why Mother, the second toothbrush
is mine, I use the one with little bristles to reach
my back teeth and the one with big bristles to brush
If you slip up, you can easily recover with a lie, Why
Mother thats (insert boyfriends name here)
Mother replies, Why does (boyfriend) have a toothbrush
at your apartment?
You reply, He spends the night. (Pause) But only
because I sometimes get scared when I have to be home
alone. And he sleeps on the couch (awkward silence).
I think that we all would go with answer No. 2 as to
avoid the your sister had sex before marriage,
and look where she is now, conversation.
Case in point two.
Another instance when lying is appropriate is when your
mother asks, Why are you slurring your words?
Have you been out drinking, and why do you smell like
The honest answer, Mother, I am so s**t faced.
I can barely walk. I smoked a whole pack. Im tired
and Im going to bed. Get me some water.
Following this you will get another talk, Your
sister drank when she was younger and look where she
The dishonest answer, Mother, Im slurring
my words because Im so tired, I can barely walk.
I smell like smoke because they made us sit in the smoking
section at Chilis. Thats all.
Once again, I think we all would go with answer No.
Case in point three.
Your parents ask, How were your grades this semester?
The honest answer, Mother, Father, I failed miserably,
I didnt pay attention in any of my classes. I
skipped class when it rained, when I felt sick, when
I was tired, when we had a party the night before and
on the second Friday of every month. I got three Ds
and two Cs.
The dishonest answer, Great, better than ever,
three As and two Bs.
The honest/dishonest answer, Well, three Cs
and two Ds, but it wasnt my fault. I went
to every class and studied for every test. It was the
professor. He was out to get me. And besides, D
is for diploma.
Answer No. 1 and answer No. 3 will only result in yet
another talk, Your sister failed out of college
and look where she is now.
As you can see there are several situations when lying
to your parents is acceptable.
There are times when you need to decide between the
truth and the $20 you know you will receive if you tell
them you made As.
Parents dont need to know about your boyfriend
spending the night, and they dont want to hear
about your late night out with the girls.
So keep it simple, keep it secret and keep your sanity.
Hall is an advertising/public relations major from Kingwood.