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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

154- Who Taught My Daughter Lying?


Paul entered his house to find his wife very upset. As he asked her about the reason, she answered, I dont know who taught my daughter to tell lies. I tried by all means but in vain. Shes been accustomed to telling lies. Image: A mother with her young daughter, motherhood صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أم مع ابنتها، والدة مع بنت صغيرة، الأمومة Image: A mother with her young daughter, motherhood.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أم مع ابنتها، والدة مع بنت صغيرة، الأمومة.

Two days later, as Paul was talking gently to his wife, he said, I just want to ask you who taught your daughter lying.

Maybe her friends or for fear of being punished, isnt it so? The wife said.

Paul smiled and said gently, Do you remember what you said to Sally when she phoned you two weeks ago?

I welcomed her.

Yes, but after the call, didnt you say that you didnt want her to enter our home?

I said so.

When she came, didnt you meet her cheerfully saying to her that we missed her and that she blessed our home?

Did you expect me to dismiss her?

No, but your daughter learnt hypocrisy and telling lies. She knew that you didnt want her visit while, you welcomed her as if you missed her much.

His wife kept silent for a while. Then, she whispered, Truly, its I who taught my daughter telling lies.

→ English translation of the story here at منْ علَّم ابنتي الكذب؟ Divider

You want me to be an icon of Heaven,

To bear witness for the truth.

Notwithstanding, I foolishly flatter people and tell them lies,

Making many excuses.

Woe unto me, because of whom many people stumble.

Dwell in me O Truth,

So that lies and hypocrisy may find no place in me.