E’s mini-lesson in integrity

Last weekend, my son, Ethan, had a sleepover with two friends for his birthday.  One gift he received was $10 and a copy of a PC game that he enjoys playing with this friend, when he’s at that friend’s house.  ~sigh~ Both my husband Martin and I didn’t think it was the most moral thing to do — to play a copied game.  I agreed that if it was shareware, he could keep it, but otherwise, he’d have to give it back.  It wasn’t shareware.  Ethan was tremendously disappointed. 

But, as I looked online, I saw that this game was fairly old, and now there is a 3rd version of it, as well (of course) as a 2nd one.  The newest version?  $40.  The 2nd version?  $30.  The oldest version, which is the one he wanted?  We found it on eBay as a buy-it-now, new in box, for $8.99, including shipping.  So, he got a legal version of the game with the money given to him by his friend.  We purchased the game Wednesday night, and it arrived in today’s mail.  Everyone is happy.


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on July 5, 2008, in Parenting, Puzzles & Games, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I just love that you’re taking the time to teach your kids like this, Karen! We’ve had a couple of similar incidents, and it is always worth the time spent to teach integrity. Beautiful post!

  2. Well done you! There seems to be a theme like this developing in the posts I’m reading this morning. Yes, I know it’s Sunday. So? 🙂

    I do wonder whether technology will eventually require very different applications of the qualities of integrity as copyright continues to disintegrate.

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