Honor and Help Your Parents
Emily is a teenager and lives with her parents. She and her best friend, Kim, find out that their favorite band will give a concert in their town on Friday night. They really want to go, but they do not think their parents will let them.
Emily always asks her parents about the things that she wants to do, and they listen to what she has to say, so she decides to do the same thing this time. She explains that she wants to go to the concert with Kim, but her parents think that she is too young to go without an adult.
Emily tells Kim that she cannot go to the concert, but her friend’s answer is a real surprise to Emily. Kim tells her that she should just lie to her parents. «I asked my mom for permission to go and study with friends on Friday. But I will really go to the concert! She does not need to know,» Kim says.
Emily does not know what to say. She is always very honest with her parents, and they are fair in their decisions. Emily has never felt comfortable lying, and her parents always tell her that it is wrong.
«I really do not want to be dishonest with my parents,» Emily tells her friend.
«Oh, stop acting like a little kid! Everyone lies,» Kim replies.
But Emily is not so sure. She thinks that honesty is very important.
On Thursday, Kim invites Emily over to her house to watch a movie after school. When they get there, Kim and her mother get into a fight. Emily realizes that Kim lies to her mother all the time, and her mother does not trust her. Emily thinks this is terrible. She sits uncomfortably on the couch as Kim and her mother fight most of the afternoon.
As she sits there, Emily remembers that Kim always tells her how terrible her relationship with her mother is. Kim thinks her mother does not understand her, but Emily thinks maybe Kim’s mother is just tired of Kim being dishonest with her.
As she walks home, Emily decides she will not lie to her parents about the concert. There will be lots of concerts in the future, but these are the only parents she will ever have. She knows it is better to honor them and help them so that they can have a good relationship. Because her parents trust her, they let her do most of the things that she wants to do, and she really prefers it that way.
1. What does «crowd» mean?
b) lots of people in the same place
c) a stage where musicians play
d) dangerous conditions
2. What does «lie» mean?
b) to tell a funny story
c) to talk about something that happened to you
d) to talk to someone in a mean way
3. What does «honor» mean?
b) to be nice to someone
c) to be serious about something
d) to respect someone and treat them well
1. Kim tells Emily that she ________ lie to her parents.
2. Kim’s mother is just tired ________ Kim being dishonest with her.
3. ________ Thursday, Kim invites Emily over to her house.
1. Why do Kim and her mother fight all the time?
2. What does Emily decide not to do to her parents?
3. In your opinion, why is it important to honor and help your parents?
In my opinion it is important to honor and help my parents, because we must love them, and be indebted them, they do everything for us.