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.

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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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