BE HONEST!--read the story and share your views.

George Washington - George
@nengs10 (3188)
April 26, 2007 9:12am CST
What are the importance of being honest? This story is about one of the most famous US presidents, George Washington. It speaks that honesty still remains the best policy. Here it is. When George Washington was about six years old, he was made the wealthy master of a hatchet of which, like most little boys, he was extremely fond. He went about chopping everything that came his way. One day, as he wandered about the garden amusing himself by hacking his mother's pea- sticks, he found a beautiful, young English cherry tree, of which his father was most proud. He tried the edge of his hatchet on the trunk of the tree and barked it so that it died. Some time after this, his father discovered what had happened to his favorite tree. He came into the house in great anger, and demanded to know who the mischievous person was who had cut away the bark. Nobody could tell him anything about it. Just then George, with his little hatchet, came into the room. "George," said his father, "do you know who has killed my beautiful little cherry tree yonder in the garden? I would not have taken five guineas for it!" This was a hard question to answer, and for a moment George was staggered by it, but quickly recovering himself he cried: -- "I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet." The anger died out of his father's face, and taking the boy tenderly in his arms, he said: -- "My son, that you should not be afraid to tell the truth is more to me than a thousand trees! yes, though they were blossomed with silver and had leaves of the purest gold!"
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Thanks for a great story. I think honesty is always the best policy. I don't care how much it hurts because usually not telling the truth causes more hurt than telling it.
@minty3 (592)
• Nigeria
26 Apr 07
Hi nengs10. I agree with you that honesty is the best policy but how many parents remember this when they're angry? So, children end up choosing the other option - dishonesty just to avoid being punished even in the face of penitence. I think children are a reflection of their upbringing. Let parents beware! cheers!
@semak76 (187)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I think it is hard to be so honest about something that you believe will get you in trouble. I admire anyone who can do it. i have said many time to kids over the years, "if you just tell me the truth, you won't be in so much trouble" They never did, and it made me so angry. I have my own child now, and if he does something wrong, he will tell me about it. It is actually much harder to not still be angry than I thought it would be. I am glad he tells me the truth, so i am probably lighter with punishments than i should be, but knowing my son won't lie to me is worth it. i actually get grief from my family who things he should be punished more, but I don't think they realize how rare it is to actually have a child to admit to their mistakes.