MOMI LEARNS| Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid

May 2, 2017 | Life, Love, Only Berlin

For today’s story, I read to my 20-month-old son the story of  The Goat and the Goatherd.  After reading the Aesop’s Fable, I made this entry straight away.  A similar incident happened two days ago which my boys need to understand and learn something from.

The Goat and the Goatherd

Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid

Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid

A Goat strayed away from the flock, tempted by a patch of clover. The Goatherd tried to call it back but in vain. It would not obey him. Then he picked up a stone and threw it, breaking the Goat’s horn.

The Goatherd was frightened.

“Do not tell the master,” he begged the Goat.

“No,” said the Goat, “that broken horn can speak for itself!”

The Car and the Firstborn

Husband and Firstborn worked together for some carpentry assignment.  Once done, the husband asked his eldest son to keep the tools. Before keeping the saw, our curious boy tried the tool and placed the toothed edge side against his grandmother’s car hood.  Husband saw what Firstborn did and immediately ordered the latter to stop.  He also directed our lad to confess to his grandmother.  Unfortunately, our 14-year old boy did not follow his father’s order.

 Moral of the Story

Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid.

The broken horn and the car hood scratch are pretty obvious.  Even without explaining, the master would see the broken horn, same with my mother who would surely notice the car hood scratch.  Though a difficult risk, it is more prudent to be honest.  We cannot, after all, hide an elephant or an obvious truth.


  1. Wendy

    Hehe parang mad scientist lang si firstborn ha.

    • momiberlin

      hehehe. In fairness ha, di nakita ni momi ung gaspas. malabo na talaga ang mata. ehehehe

  2. Nilyn Matugas

    You know what, this reminds me of my customers. Many of them will lie just to get their money back. They would even attack us personally sometimes which is really not a good practice but they seem used to doing it. Sometimes, they’d lie even to the point that they themselves believe in their lies. Sad.

  3. melisa

    I can relate this much. Our old friend (oh well, this friend we have mentioned for 3 months ago). Kahit na we gather with the evidences deny padin. And the sad things at the end napatunayan din lahat ng ginawa nya. Walang usok na di lalabas. Sayang lang talaga 🙁

  4. Michi

    It is really better to tell the truth. because it will set you free. Ang hirap kaya ng may tinatago. Kids are really curious, sa sobrang curious hindi nila naiisip yung pwede mangyari. 🙂

  5. Janice

    This is kinda the same as pag nahuli na pero in denial pa din. Haha! What’s the point diba? Such a waste of effort lang. Anyway, kids make mistakes all the time. I hope your firstborn has learned his lesson. 🙂

  6. Maan

    This is so true. Aside from that, to establish a culture of honesty at home, I think it’s also important that we don’t immediately scold our children (who are almost always victims of their own curiosity lol). In my experience, I had hidden things from my parents because I know their temper. That’s one thing that I want to change raising my son.


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