Nate vs. The Truth

Getting the real deal out of Nate can sometimes be a challenge. I think he starts from the fear of getting in trouble, but, eventually he fesses up. I try to get a solid answer from him, he resists, I tell him I’m not angry, that I just want to know what happened, and then he hangs his head in exaggerated sadness and comes clean.

Truth-and-Lies

This morning the printer was giving him problems. I came in to check and did a little cleaning. We’ll see if that solves it. Nate clearly had his own solution.

Karen called me to the computer. “There are spots all over the floor. Do you think Nate shook the ink?”

I called to him.

“Nate.”

“Coming Dad.”

“Did you shake the ink cartridges?”

“No I didn’t.”

“Just tell me the truth.”

“No I didn’t.”

I walked him to the back room to show him the multi-colored dots on the tiles. As I cleaned them off, Nate said, in a laughing voice, “I’m lying.”

It was very funny. He must’ve been relieved to see the spots come out, which gave way to a bit of truth telling.

Now, about the spots on the carpet…

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About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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