Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Truth

Tuesday afternoon, Ricki wanted to avoid study-play with me, so she conveniently went up to the roof patio to play games in the sukkah (Succoth-booth). Her ploy worked, as I really wanted to read, anyway. Studies could wait.
Late that night the long-predicted rain fell. And sukkot (plural of sukkah) are not exactly waterproof. (Actually, our downstairs one does have an emergency rain cover. But not the one on the roof.).
So early on Wednesday morning, Ricki went up to the roof, and came down with the games. “Mom the games were in the rain, They’re wet.”
-“Who on earth would leave toys in the sukkah when rain was expected.?!!?” (As if I didn’t know! Actually, in all fairness, I’m not sure anyone shared the weather report with her…)
-“I did.”

The truth.
Not “I dunno.”
Not her brother.
Acknowledgement of blame.
I think it’s the first time she’s done it. Five minutes later I called her into the room., and praised her, for telling the truth.


Chris said...

I love this post.

It is so "typical" for kids to not accept responsibility when something like that happens. They don't want to get in trouble.

How mature of Ricky to accept responsibility for her actions, and bravo to you mom for recognizing the bigger picture and praising her for her actions.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! That is one of the nice but challenging things about autism; my son does not see any reason to lie but also doesn't have a filter to stop from saying what he thinks all the time.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Wow, congrats to her for saying the truth! Must of been very hard for her.