How The Mister Learned to Lie

Following the prank The Mister and Sassy pulled on me earlier this week, this is The Mister’s story of how his father taught him to lie.
Your Joey is merely the typist.

During a taffy-selling fundraiser for my school my kindergarten year, I walked around the neighborhood with my father as my escort, lugging boxes full of taffy to sell. We spent the majority of the night out doing this, and by night’s end, we had sold every single bag. 

As we walked back, my father said to me, “Now when we get home, you look as pathetic as you can. No matter what happens, just look as sad as possible. No smiling. Don’t look up, just look down at the ground and be very sad.”

We entered our home and I acted as though I was still struggling to lift the heavy boxes onto the chair.
Mom looked at Dad and asked how we did, to which he replied, “We did not sell a thing.”


Seeing her son so sad, she ran off to collect her pocketbook.
She said, “I’ll take one, Son.”
Still looking down at the ground, sad and pathetic, I slowly opened up the empty boxes, revealing that we had sold them all.

Seeing that she had been duped, the shock on her face, brought hysterical laughter to my father and me.

Are you a prankster? Do you teach your kids how to pull pranks?

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12 Responses to How The Mister Learned to Lie

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I’m glad you told that story, I was wondering. I’m glad The Mister decided to pass along the technique to s new generation.

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  2. Benson says:

    Well technically I suppose a prank, a tale or a yarn is a lie; but that word Lie has such deep and sinister connotations. I prefer to consider what your mister’s dad did as a bit of theater. A playful skit performed to enhance life. You buying any of that?

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  3. April says:

    I have to say that I tried a bunch of pranks but was caught in the very beginning of my plot. I didn’t teach my kids, they somehow learned on their own 🙂 Our oldest liked to tape the button on the sink sprayer so that it would spray us as soon as we turned on the water. I fell for it once—can’t say the same for my husband.

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  4. Sammy D. says:

    Love it!!

    Yup, my birth family is definitely in the game. I’ve had to teach Hub and the grandkids. Raqi caught on quickly but it took Sparks awhile. Now he gets me back!

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  5. reocochran says:

    Oh my, Joey! This isn’t so much a lie or even a “prank” since it was not meant to hurt or upset anyone. But this made me laugh, in spite of feeling a little for the Mister’s Mom!In our family we call it, “pulling your leg” or my “grandies” say they are “tricking you, Nana!” This was a really nice story of a Dad pitching in with candy selling, Joey. Not too many Dad’s would do this:)


  6. Sherry says:

    no no no…hate hate hate…I do not like pranks nor surprises, nor any of that stuff…I’ll likely to haul off and hit ya if you do it…there…I confessed!

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  7. Wide-eyed says:

    Hey, I nominated you for the Veracity challenge–I was recently made aware of its existence and it is kind of fun, perhaps you’d like to try it?

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  8. I am a prankster, my girls are pranksters and if I have my way their children will be pranksters too!
    We simply love to laugh!


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