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The Lie

Yesterday I told a lie. 

I don’t feel very good about it. 

I was bouncing a ball in the kitchen, and the ball bounced up and broke a cup. 

It was one of my mother’s best cups, so I was afraid that she would be mad. 

I put the broken cup back on the table, and I didn’t tell anyone that I had broken it. 

That night, my mother asked who had broken the cup. 

My brother said, “not me.” 

My sister said, “I didn’t do it.” 

I said, “I didn’t break the cup,” but I was lying. 

My mother said that we would all be punished, if someone didn’t tell the truth and say who broke the cup. 

I still did not tell her that I had broken it. 

She gave us one more chance, and said that she wasn’t mad about the cup; she just wanted us to be honest. 

I still didn’t say anything. 

My brother, sister and I all got sent to our rooms. 

We had to stay in our rooms all morning. 

My brother said that it wasn’t fair. 

I felt very bad because my brother and sister were being punished because of me. 

I went to my mother and told her that I had broken the cup. 

She said that she was not upset about the broken cup. 

She knew that it was an accident. 

She was disappointed in me because I hadn’t come forward and told the truth. 

She said that she wouldn’t have punished me if I had been honest with her. 

I told my brother and sister that I was sorry. 

I felt bad because they were punished because I was dishonest. 

I told my mother that I was sorry that I had lied to her. 

I told her that I had learned a lesson. 

Honesty is the best policy. 

It is better to tell the truth. 

It is not a good feeling when people don’t trust you. 

I have learned that lying just hurts people. 

Sometimes it is hard to be honest, but it is the best way to be.

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