Monday, January 30, 2012
To Tell the Truth
I was put in a very awkward position today. There has been a situation in our neighborhood that everyone was aware of, except the parents of the kids involved. Actually, all of the signs were there, but the parents have been in denial. Their child has told other kids about what is going on, but the parents had no idea. Today the mother came and was talking to me about the situation. I felt that I had to just say out right what is going on. I don't know if she believed me, but I felt that as the mother, she should know. I think sometimes people don't want to know the truth, but in this case, I think it is very important. It's amazing how people make excuses for their children. They want to believe the best of them. I know blood is thicker than water, and so she may be upset at me for painting her child in a not so flattering light. But there just comes a time when you have to see the light, and hear the truth, even if it is uncomfortable. I tried to be non-judgmental, and just lay out the picture as if I were a camera. The funny thing is that I could have said more, but wasn't sure how far I should go. Sometimes people can only take just so much of the truth.