What won't you tell your kids?
Does your family keep secrets?
As we grow up, we learn pretty quickly that keeping a secret, or at least refraining from telling the entire painful truth to somebody, can have its benefits. Whether it’s softening the blow for another or honoring someone’s request for silence, secrets may very well be inherent to human nature.
Do you keep secrets to protect people? They say that ignorance is bliss, and nowhere is this more true than during childhood. In fact, many parents dedicate themselves to protecting their children’s innocence for as long as possible. More often than not, this means telling certain lies that make the world a prettier place, or otherwise withholding certain truths that might reveal its occasional ugliness. And sometimes, we just don’t want them to learn about our pasts.
What stories won’t you tell your kids? And what secrets do you think your parents keep from you?
In the Beginning
I proposed to their mother while she was drunk and topless (Tasteslikebluemilk)
Your life began during a relatively brief, unspectacular, drunken sex act on the same living room couch you now play your Xbox on because there was a power outage and we got bored. Now that I think of it, we should really save for a new couch. (NoahzArc)
Imagine the horror that could be had if you save it! Inevitably your son will have sex on it, maybe even his first time. Isn’t it the goal of every parent to ruin that memory by saying “Oh hey, that’s where you were conceived!” (karnim)
The Reset Button
That I was such a depressed loser just before the time of your conception, that I kept dating a guy I suspected was a junkie. I let him f**k me without a condom the day after he ditched me (Christmas eve). When he ditched me on that holiday I decided I was finally done and that I was lowering my standards exponentially with this person. He came over the next day even though I told him MULTIPLE times not to. I let him in, we talked for a bit, and had sex without a condom.
And that’s why you’re here. And the whole thing caused HUGE divides in the family. My mom and dad harassed me about your father, and I agreed with them that he was horrible. I was so torn down by it but somehow.. All of a sudden, everything got better.
Your father went to rehab and actually got clean. I busted my ass and got a decent job and so did he (we both worked at a restaurant previously). We saved money and got our apartment. Your dad then got an even better job. My relationship with my parents is stronger than its ever been.
Your conception was like a nuke someone needed to deploy to start humanity over when things just got too bad. It was like a reset button for both me and your dad. You quite literally saved his life. (beggingpleading)