The Guilty Stare

Z’s doing the guilty stare. When she’s up to no good, she keeps doing what she’s doing (i.e. no good), but has the guilty stare on her face. Her eyes get really big and her eyebrows get sort of furrowy and worried. She tries to look like she’s innocent, really, but it doesn’t work well.


I love how babies have that innocence in which they can’t hide their guilt. Some second graders I taught had that innocence. Some didn’t. Whenever we’re up to no good, we hide our guilt well, professionally. Maybe the world would be a better place if we had more of that baby innocence. And if we did act up, we’d have the guilty faces, so people would be able to call us out, and encourage us to do better.


And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it. And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness” (Quran 91: 7-8).

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