Mother's Day Present
When my oldest daughter was in the first grade, they made coupon books for Mother's Day. She handed it to me wrapped in a paper sack. I flipped through the book, and it had a coupon for doing the dishes, a coupon for cleaning her room, a coupon for dusting, a coupon for vacuuming and many others.
Usually, I forget to redeem the coupons, but I took her up on the vacuuming. She was very small, and I had a huge vacuum cleaner that had a water filter. You had to fill the bottom drum with water, then had to dump the muck out when you were done. It was a big chore for a small child. So, I helped her out. I got her started, showed her the basics of vacuuming and let her get to work.
She lasted a couple of minutes. She turned the vacuum off, and left it there in the middle of the living room, only a few feet of carpet actually done. I came to her and asked, "Hey, what happened? Why didn't you finish the room?"
She shrugged, "It wasn't as much fun as I thought it was."
"So....you only made coupons for the jobs you thought would be fun?"
She shrugged again, "Yup."
I didn't redeem any more coupons.
Now, today, as she was remembering the story, her version came out totally different. It came out as follows:
"Remember in the first grade when I gave you that coupon book for Mother's Day, and I had hurt my arm really bad and it was in a cast, so you only said I had to vacuum a little bit?"
My daughter has never hurt her arm, or had it in a cast. I told her MY version, and she didn't remember things going that way at all.
I was there. I'm pretty sure my version is the right one.