My wife Chrystyna and I take turns putting our son Zachary to bed. When it is my turn, he almost always asks me to tell him stories about when I was a child or when my own father, his Opa (grandfather) was a boy. As colourful as our lives have been with all of the twists and turns, eventually one runs out of stories to tell. What does one do then? One makes things up, of course.
From the time he was a very little boy on, I taught Zachary about what
I like to call "filters," critical tools we can each use to separate out
the relevant or useful from the irrelevant and useless. I believe that the
two most important filters are Veracity (is something real or imaginary,
true or false) and Context (what are the circumstances around people
or events in the story that might influence its outcome.) I would often
spin wildly improbable tales and then have him guess whether they actually
happened or whether they were simply figments of my imagination, presented
for his entertainment.
Here are some examples: