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Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)
- TITLE: Dare to Tell the Truth
By Joanney Uthe
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Someone suggested we play “Truth or Dare.” I always hated that game, but this time wished they had meant the actual game. When someone brought out a pack of cigarettes, I thought for sure everyone else would shoot him down. Instead, they all wanted to try them. What is up with you guys? We’re only in fourth and fifth grade! We cannot start smoking.
I had a moment of decision: did I stay and take the dare, or did I stick to what I knew to be right? Did I risk acceptance by my peers for the sake of knowing better? For me, this was an easy decision. I told them I would have nothing to do with it, besides it was starting to rain. Okay, the amount of rain was light enough to be called a “wimp” for going inside because of it, but they probably thought I was one anyway for not wanting the cigarette.
When I got inside, I noticed that my teenage sisters were sitting at the dinner table doing their homework. Do I tell?
“So, why did you come in? It isn’t raining that hard.” My sister’s question gave me the perfect opportunity. I tattled.
After the teens went out and confiscated the cigarettes, two of the girls thanked me for stopping them from trying them. When I mentioned this story at a family dinner as adults, no one else remembered it. But the sister that had thanked me for telling then, said “that figures, it sounds like something you would have done.”
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