When I was a kid growing up, adults said things to my parents like, “Oh your little girl is so pretty.”
Or, “Oh, your little girl is so smart.”
I just thought that’s what adults say to be polite.
Adults are total liars.
Any kid knows this.
They say food is delicious when it isn’t. They say houses are lovely when they aren’t. They say their feelings aren’t hurt when they are. They tell someone she looks lovely when they are thinking the whole time, Wow, that outfit is a disaster —
Adults lie about everything ALL THE TIME.
How would it ever occur to me, as a kid, adults were sincere about anything nice they said about me?