Awfully Personal Question for July 10, 2004

christinaWelcome to That’s Awfully Personal, an opportunity for blog writers and readers to reveal a little more about themselves than might normally happen during the daily blogging process, and hence get to know each other a bit better. It’s a little like the late, great Friday Five, but more challenging. Each week our Awfully Personal Panel will post one or more new questions for you to answer on your blog, or in the comment space below if you don’t have a blog.

For more on how That’s Awfully Personal works, please see the How to Play section below. Here is this week’s Awfully Personal Question:

When we’re young, we all do things we will eventually regret later. And over time, the standards of ‘regrettable’ behaviour change — Something your parents might have done could shock you, and vice versa. Even more difficult is deciding what, and when, to own up to some of these regrettable acts, especially if it’s your parents, late in life, or your kids, at the same age you were, doing the asking.

What’s the most regrettable youthful thing (a) your parents ever admitted doing, (b) you’ve ever admitted doing, and (c) your children ever admitted doing [if you don’t have kids, tell us instead what you will/would be most worried about them doing]? Do you think standards of behaviour have gotten easier or tougher since your parents were young? How honest do you think your parents were in admitting to you what they did when they were young? How honest were you to them when you were young? And when your kids ask(ed) you what’s the worst thing you did when you were young, how honest were you (will you be)? Do you think they were (will be) completely honest in return? And are there situations when complete honesty is not the best policy?

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