I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand. Although as an author I am responsible for making readers understand--a reader who doesn't understand is an unhappy reader. (And there is some value to leaving some questions unanswered.
Translation from Dutch to English: If a lie takes the elevator and the truth takes the stairs, the lie will arrive faster but remember the truth is just around the corner. Teach the children well -- their character is all that matters in the end.