The Lie That Stuck to Me

How I learned about guilt

Samuel Sullivan
Dec 22, 2020 · 4 min read
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

“Little boy, did you do this?”

Those words still reverberate through my mind. Not just a question from a stranger but a conviction. I have hidden my shame for over twenty years—the shame of lying to a stranger.

It was a bright spring weekend morning. My mother pulled into a parking spot at the local flower shop. The lot was…