David wailed and held his injured head at the bottom of the stairs. He’d tumbled down the 14 steps and landed head first in the shoe rack. The hard wooden steps in the old farmhouse each provided bumps and bruises all over his body.
Mom came running to the awful sound of her hurting child. She quickly assessed his injuries and began to soothe him. She looked around to determine the cause of the fall. She saw Tim standing quietly at the top of the stairs.
“Timmy! Did you push your brother down the stairs?” she demanded.
“No mommy, I didn’t.” he replied.
“Don’t lie to me! Your brother is hurt. Did you push him down the stairs?” she asked again.
“No mommy, I didn’t.” he answered.
“Timmy, tell me what happened.” mom ordered.
“I didn’t push him down the stairs. I KICKED him down the stairs.” he clarified honestly.