I remember my Weight Watchers leader explaining the difference between a mistake and a choice. A mistake is when we incorrectly balance our checkbook or grab the wrong cereal off the grocery shelf. It was not what we meant to do.
But it is a choice when we do something in spite of knowing differently or better. We often say, "I made a mistake," when the truth is, "I chose." Both have consequences. But one carries blame or guilt as well.
The two talented soccer players did not make a mistake -- "a fault in understanding or perception" (Webster). They intended to deceive. With premeditated plans, they made false identification so that they could fool the SAT program -- to their benefit. And then, they did it again!
The mothers say they taught their children better. I'm sure they did. But our children often do not follow our teaching, and then they must own up to their wrong and pay the price, without excusing themselves with, "I made a mistake," or "I didn't mean to." And when the wrong is major, so is the price. It's how we all learn.
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