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Monday, August 10, 2015

Cut-Throat I-Spy

We live a ten-minute drive from a large city.
A city that has more stores than our bustling little town.
Stores we occasionally need to shop at when we need something more than groceries.
Enough background . . .
We (Husby, Daughter, Granddaughter and me) were heading ‘into town’.
For a three-year-old, it is a long, exhausting trip.
A game of I-Spy was indicated.
For the first few turns, all went well.
Granddaughter would pose, “I spy with my teensy-tinesy little eye, something that is . . .”
You know the game.
She posed. We guessed.
We posed. Everyone guessed.
Then it was Husby’s turn.
He started out all right. “I spy with my little eye . . .”
But then it all fell apart, because he ended with: “. . . something that is red but not red like Mommy’s bicycle.”
There was a momentary silence in the back seat as this riddle was digested.
Then a high little three-year-old voice said, decisively, “That’s not right Grandpa!”
I want to emphasize the word ‘decisively’. Because nothing else better describes a little three-year-old playing a favourite game.
This statement was immediately followed by: “You’re out.”
What? No warning? No yellow card?
Straight to the red (but not red like Mommy's bicycle) card?
Huh.
Did you know it’s possible to be immediately ejected from a game of I-Spy?
By a three-year-old?
Well, it is.
Take note.
Oh, sure. They look sweet and innocent.
But give them a striped sweater and a whistle . . .

12 comments:

  1. Lol! This is so darn funny! I'm looking forward to when my granddaughter gets to this age and hush me up! Lol

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  2. Love it. The tiny dictators only see in black and white don't they? Definitely not in red (but not like Mommy's bicycle).

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    1. Yes. We'll have none of that red stuff. That'll get you kicked out of the game for sure! :)

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  3. Reminds me of my grandpa's favourite riddle:
    What is black and white and red all over? At least that's how the riddle sounded to me. The answer: a newspaper.
    His other favourite thing was to ask me if I got up before breakfast that morning.

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  4. Hahaha! Having spent some time recently in the company of my niece's three year old daughter, this rings VERY TRUE!

    Your grand-daughters are so cute!

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    1. I think the three-year-olds should have a club...
      And thank you. Sisters daughters. Blond, blue-eyed. And brown, hazel-eyed. Don't look much alike, do they?! But I love them all the same!!! :)

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    1. There's no life like it! Wait, isn't that the army slogan? Similar in so many ways . . .

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  6. We've hit the 9 month mark here. We have a lot of squawling and laughing. I can't wait to have a two way conversation! I'm boring myself and them I think!

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    1. Oh, I don't think you are capable of being boring! :)

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