Home School “Saying and Phrases” lesson gone awry…

This week’s lesson for saying and phrases is the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I did great with it the first day and answered all the questions correctly.

Yesterday, our review day, I decided I didn’t want to review the topic. I knew it and decided enough was enough.

So, when asked what it means, in my own words, I answered: “if you do something to me I get to do it to you.” My parents, apparently being daft, needed an example. I told them “if you push me along out the door, I get to push you along out the door.”

My parents where still confused until I let slip the logic behind this “tit-for-tat” (or eye-for-an-eye) interpretation:
1. I accept everyone follows the Golden Rule.
2. If someone does something to me, they must think it’s fine to have it done to them (since otherwise they would be violating the Golden Rule.)

So, when at a pool play date this morning and I got whacked a few times with my little kickboard, I grabbed it and whacked right back saying, quite loudly, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”

My parents keep rolling their eyes at me and face-palming. I can’t understand why. How’s my logic and interpretation broken of this saying not correct?

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