DD1 and I laugh over a lie I told her. I was reading her a book one day when she was about 18 months old - you know the kind, every second page is the same and there's a squeaker to squeak in between pages. I had read this book, no exaggeration, at least thirty times in a row (and every second page was the same). I had sung it in the style of an opera singer, read it in a squeaky voice, read it in a gruff voice and every other voice, in a desperate bid to maintain my sanity.
After the eleventy billionth reading, as DD demanded it again I distracted her for a second and threw that wretched book under the lounge. Then said "Oh no! I can't find it! It's gone!" She had a good look for it but luckily settled down to another activity quickly. When she was older I told her the story and it's become a family joke. Whenever one of us doesn't want to discuss or deal with an object we'll hide it really obviously and then say "Oh no! It's gone!"
Please, if your adult children ever ask about these lies, and if it isn't an invasion of your privacy, tell them the truth?
I can't get a straight answer about a dog that suddenly left to "live on a farm" over 30 years ago. I think one of my parents must have accidentally run it over or something, and I know accidents happen. I don't blame anyone, I just would like to know.
We had a dog that just "went away" one day. ALL of us kids just assumed he had been put down (he was very old and frail) and mum was sugar coating the truth. Decades later we said as much to mum and she was most put out because apparently he HAD just wandered off in the night (presumably to find somewhere he was happy to die
). "I spent DAYS looking for that dog!" she wailed. She was most upset that we hadn't believed her.