The following is an excerpt from the lost biography of George Washington.
“George, son, did you chop down the cherry tree?”
Several months later…
“George, I’ve heard from others that you did chop down that cherry tree last
winter. Did you? Your punishment will be much worse for you if you lie. Now,
tell me the truth!”
“Dad, I answered your question truthfully. Yet, I must take complete
responsibility for all my actions. While my answer was legally accurate, I did
not volunteer information. Indeed, Dad, I did cause the cherry tree to be lying
on the ground. To do this was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment
and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely
responsible. I know my answer to you gave a false impression. I misled you, my
own father. I deeply regret that. I can only tell you I was motivated by many
“What I did, Dad, was use a saw to cause the cherry tree to fall. Only after the
tree was already down did I go get my axe to chop off individual branches.
Therefore, legally, I told the truth. I ask you to turn away from the spectacle
of this fallen tree and to return our attention to a solid family relationship.
After all, who’s going to remember a cherry tree as a symbol of my character and
ability to lead?”
[forwarded by Steve Sanderson]
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