Who stole the cookes from the cookie jar?

karl - jacobstown, New Jersey
Entered on March 18, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: integrity

I chose this quote, because to me it seems like something that everyone should acquire and go by. To me, it means a lot. It makes me feel even more highly about honesty.

I was 4 years old, living in my house in Trenton with my brother and my 2 parents. There is a cookie jar in our small kitchen and one day I decided to eat all but two of the cookies. That night, when my mom was cooking dinner, she noticed that there were only 2 cookies left. So, she asked, “Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?” Of course, I was the first to say that it wasn’t me and that it was my little brother, Reese, who was only 1. My brother didn’t know what to do and probably didn’t like that I was blaming it on him when he had no clue what was going on in the first place.

The next day, my mom came up to me and asked if I stole the cookies and not to lie. I told her that I did take the cookies and I was sorry for blaming it on my brother who didn’t have anything to do with it. She told me to ask before doing that and that she was thankful for me telling her the truth in the end.

Through this story/ situation, I learned that telling the truth is the best way to handle situations. If you tell the truth the first time you are asked, you parents are thankful for you telling the truth but it doesn’t get you fully out of trouble. However, it does make your punishment a lot less than it would be if you lied to them many times before admitting the truth. Now after learning this life lesson, I try my best to tell the truth in every situation.

In the future, when I have my kids, I hope to teach them that telling the truth is a very important life skill and in knowing that telling the truth is the best way to handle things then it will certainly help you throughout life. Therefore, I have learned that telling a lie is just way to get in more trouble in the end and not a good characteristic to have. Also that everyone should believe in telling the truth and treat those with goodness with goodness and also those with out. And last but not least, I believe in telling the truth.