The Master of Fibbery

I've been having a pickle of a time the past week with Boy Child and his fibbing. For example:

Me: (After I hear water running, then turning off, then the basement door slam shut) Are you downstairs? I'm greeted by silence. I ask again and then once more but still greeted with silence. So I do what any sane mother would do ~ I threaten bodily harm if I do not get an answer.

Boy Child: Yep, just playing on the computer. (sound of computer just being turned on is heard) Me: (As I walk down the steps.) Well, it sure sounded like someone just closed the basement door. Boy Child: Nope, just playing on the computer, mom.

I proceed to the basement door (it is not locked) and step outside. The hose is dripping from the spigot. I walk over to the sprinkler which is still attached to the other end and the grass is soaking wet and so is the sprinkler. I return to Boy Child who is very busy on the computer by now.

Me: The yard sure did need a long drink since it is so hot outside, didn't it? Boy Child: So engrossed in his Jump Start game he is forgetting to fib says, yep sure did. Then stops and looks at me with the deer in the headlights stare. I just keep walking up the stairs. Figuring I'd speak about it later.

My next example is:

This morning I hear Boy Child wake up and run into my room. I'm not in there; I'm downstairs in the family room. I keep listening to see if he leaves my room, but it takes quite a few minutes before he comes downstairs. He runs to me and curls up in my lap and as I look at him, I notice that he has a ring around his mouth. A ring like he has impetigo or chapped skin. Then I think, no it looks like he had lipstick on and then wiped it off and his skin is still slightly tinted. Aha, that is what he was doing in my room. I try to remain calm while thoughts of what might be written on my wall or bedspread run crazily through me mind.

Me: What were you doing in my room? Boy Child: I wasn't in your room? Me: What were you doing in my room? Boy Child: I wasn't in your room? Me: What were you doing in my room, I heard you go into my room. Boy Child: I didn't do nothing. Me: Boy Child, you need to tell me what you were doing in my room. Boy Child: I didn't do nothing. Me: What is on your face? Boy Child: A kiss for you. Then he kisses my cheek. (Charming ain't he?) Me: Smiling now, What is on your face? Boy Child: Okay, I used your lipstick. I put it right back where I found it.

When I went upstairs to be sure he was not a budding graffiti artist. On the wall on my side of the bed was a squished lipstick kiss and the lipstick was hidden under my sheet on the bed. (clearly, not where he found it)

Since, I've been dealing with fibbing this week, I thought that this email that was sent to me was appropriate. Hope you enjoy.

A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.
He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.
I have decided to choose one of you."
The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued.
"I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED.
I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO"
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.
He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.
She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.
Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.
Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by--still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said The CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!" When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed. Jim told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down, except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said? Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust If you plant goodness, you will reap friends If you plant humility, you will reap greatness If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective If you plant hard work, you will reap success If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation If you plant faith in Christ, you will reap a harvest So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

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