BUT. Only when I know I have a good reason to do so. For example, yesterday, when I schemed a surprise for my mom's birthday. It was a good plan, and it involved lots of lying--er, acting. I have included it below.
- Tell Mom that you and your sister are going to the school play, and that you have to be there at 6:30. (Pro Tip: Having the internet crash is helpful so she can't check the website and find out the play actually starts at 8:00.)
- Stop her from making dinner, a process involving complaining about "polenta pie" enough that she huffily gets out a frozen pizza instead.
- Convince her to go for a run in the half hour before you have to leave.
- While she is on the run, take the pizza out of the oven and hide a piece to make it look like you and your sister ate already.
- Upon her return, convince Mom to change into a nicer shirt so she doesn't "embarrass you" at the school because (!) you're driving and she'll have to get out to get in the driver's seat once you're there.
- Hustle her out the door before she can take more than a few bites of pizza.
- Make wrong turn onto main road. Say, "Oh my gosh, I thought I was going to Jael's."
- At next intersection, pretend to not know your way around your hometown and make another wrong turn.
- Have your mother not sure whether to laugh or cry in the backseat. (Hopefully she chooses "laugh")
- Make final wrong turn. Pretend to freak out and say, "I'll just pull in here and turn around."
- Pull into really yummy restaurant where you have 6:30 reservations.
- Get out of car.
- Enjoy total confusion and shock on mother's face.
- Have a lovely dinner.