Years of Deceit
By Tammy Derouin
From the time we are small children we are told and instructed on the importance of telling the truth. Early childhood lessons instill the importance of honesty. If you are wronged by a fellow playmate or classmate, you feel that everything will be cleared up once the truth is known. When lies are told to cover up wrongdoings and prevent punishment, the situation only gets worse. It's bad enough when you are wronged but what if, during the inevitable questioning, the one who wronged you, flat out lies? The perpetrator of this wrongdoing, in an attempt to save his own skin, decides to rewrite the story, blames you, destroyed evidence and may have even added a few colorful, albeit fictitious details and then to make it even more interesting, tries to get others to turn against you.
That jaw that just hit the floor, while in the principal's office, will eventually toughen up. Sadly, this will not be the last time that you will witness the truth being twisted, turned and then repackaged to benefit someone else. Having been wronged, how do you react? Do you retaliate and try to get even or do you learn from this experience and return to fight another day?