A hard lesson learned

We try to teach our young ones to be honest and return things that do not belong to them

On Jan. 30 my son and two granddaughters were getting changed in the family change room at Panorama.  My granddaughters, ages three and six, each received a new pair of swim goggles at Christmas, which they were proudly wearing during their swim lessons.

Unfortunately, while getting the girls dressed last Wednesday afternoon, my son placed both sets of goggles on top of the baby change table and off they went without the goggles. I stopped by Thursday to check if they had been turned in. Sadly, they were not.

We see this experience as lessons learned.  Yes, I taught my son to check around for forgotten things. Since he forgot the goggles, he has to confess his error and explain that it looks like someone found them and did not turn them in. It’s a hard lesson.

You know what’s harder to take? We try to teach our young ones to be honest and return things that do not belong to them.  What did my two precious granddaughters learn? That older people steal from children. Always wanting to look on the bright side, perhaps someone else forgot to hand them in. Please restore my faith in humankind. The cost here is not huge, but that is not the point, it negates the behavior we try to instill.

L. Clifford

Sidney

 

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