White lies

fairy tale

From the movie: “Jackie”

Jackie went into Caroline’s bedroom to tell her children that their father was no longer with them.
JOHN JR:  Mommy, where’s Daddy?
JACKIE: Daddy won’t be coming home.
CAROLINE:  Why not?
JACKIE: Daddy had to go see your baby brother Patrick. In heaven.
CAROLINE: Why?
JACKIE: Because I’m here with you. And we don’t want Patrick to get lonely, do we?
CAROLINE:  But what about us?

This last remark sounds so tragic: lies disguised as stories told to children resemble the lies we tell ourselves, to make reality less painful.

 

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