I have one major pet peeve. There are very few things that send me over the edge, but the one thing that always gets me is when someone lies. To my face. Like I am stupid.
Unfortunately, in my line a work, the lies abound and come fast. A teacher can spot a lie a mile away.
So can a mother.
However, children often think that they are much more intelligent than their parents, and often, when feeling particularly bold, will make an attempt to make their point.
The worst is when adults tell lies in a weak attempt to deflect controversy, problems, or conflict. The problem with that theory is that usually, when the lie is discovered, the consequences are much worse.
It seems that there has been a whole lot of lying going on around here. And frankly, I am sick of it.
Our laptop's charger died about a week ago. I called our extended warranty and order a new one under our policy. It was to be delivered today.
My husband was home early due to a rabid migraine. I stayed at work later than usual to keep the children away, since nothing makes a migraine worse than having a house full of loud school aged boys. I picked up Joshua, headed to the local market for some tomatoes and headed home.
We unloaded the car, got in the house. I checked email, paid some bills online and decided to track my package. Imagine my surprise when it said it had been delivered almost 2 hours earlier! I stepped outside, checked the front of the house, the back of the house, called my neighbor to see if they had delivered it by error there. Nothing.
I called the shipping company and was promptly informed that I needed to contact the shipper so that they could initiate a claim. I did just that.
After being passed around to three different departments, and put on hold for 20 minutes, I started to give the man my information when I noticed a box in the playroom that my boys were attempting to restore to order. Shipped today. Open with a packing slip out, confirming what I was now suspecting. With said cord out.
I hastily hung up, mortified. Did what I think just happened, happen?
No one admitted to it.
So no one is allowed back in the playroom until someone 'fesses up.
It would have been easier to spot the liar with the smoking arse, though.
I interrogated everyone in my house under the age of 37. Everyone pleaded innocence, ignorance and shock at being considered a suspect.
There was a lot of finger pointing and prodding mom into thinking that a box can just walk into a house, clear it, and open itself.
I am mad.
But more than that, disappointed. Disappointed that they didn't trust me enough to tell me the truth. Disappointed in myself for badgering them with relentless questioning. Disappointed that I can't uncover the truth.
And the worst part is that I know that I could have handled it differently. I know that I should not have been so irate at being on the phone, telling the man on the other line that the shipping company had most surely NOT delivered what was in my plain sight.
Tonight, I feel like a liar. Because a good mom would have trusted that her kids were telling her the truth. Because I felt like crap when my middle son started tearing up, wondering how to trust me when I was clearly not showing him that I trust him.
Because I alone have made it that much harder for them to tell me the truth.
Truth: I think that damned box did just sprout some legs and walked right into our house, parked itself in by far the coolest room in the house, and decided to disrobe, letting all its cords hang out.
Either that or UPS has gotten a little too efficient in their delivery techniques, you know?