Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

“Granddad, what’s a loophole?”

“Well, Julia, it’s one of the many ways adults break their promises. It’s like when your big brother puts his hand behind his back, crosses his fingers, then looks straight into your eyes, bats his baby-blues, and promises not to run off and leave you when you’re at the playground.”

“I hate it when he does that.”

“Yes, I know. And what does he tell you when you say he broke his promise?”

“He says it wasn’t really a promise, that he had his fingers crossed when he made it, so it didn’t count.”

“That’s right.”

“So do adults cross their fingers behind their backs when they make promises?”

“In a way, sweetie, but it’s even sneakier than what your brother does. The adults who do this are usually the people we vote into office based on what they say they will do once they’re elected. But most of them put a lot of tiny little fine print on those promises that are the adult’s way of getting out of doing what they promised to do. That fine print is called a loophole.”

“But isn’t that another way of telling a lie?”

“Yes, my darling, that’s exactly what it is.”

The Daily Post word prompt: loophole


3 thoughts on “Slick Way to Break a Promise

  1. dclaud says:

    Love it — and your other recent posts. Keep ’em coming


    1. Beth says:

      Thanks, David. I’m having fun with it again, like in the good old days of blogging, and not overthinking or trying to make it more than it is.


  2. True George says:

    In essence loop hole is a nice word for deception


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