08 Nov When 20 questions becomes 20 clues becomes let’s-just-finish-this-game!
Amazing how simple something seems
when you’re 29
and you’ve done it all your life.
Amazing how complicated it is
when you’re nearly 4
and you’ve never even heard of it.
The best game
for the best laughs
(on the parental end)
and confused expressions
(on the young children end).
MOM: We’re gonna play a new game. A game about thinking. I’m gonna think of something, and you have to guess it!
CORBAN: All right! I’ll look for it!
M: Well, you can’t see it. Here, I’m thinking of something that’s green. Can you think of anything that’s green?
C: *points* Is it that?
M: Nope, it’s not in this room.
C: *looks in different room* Is it this?
M: Nope, it’s not even in this house. *transitions to 20 Clues, since these questions are getting us nowhere* It’s green…and it moves. Can you think of anything that’s green and moves?
DAD: *interjecting* It lives outside.
C: It does?! Let’s go see! *runs to the door*
M: *trying to re-explain* Well, with this game, we’re just thinking about things. We can’t actually see them.
C: But it’s outside; I have to check it out!
M: *ignoring* Okay, so it’s green, it moves, it lives outside…
D: How does it move, Mom?
M: Ooo that’s a good question. It hops! Can you think of something that’s green and moves and lives outside and hops?
C: A BUNNY!!!!!
M: *heaves great sigh, then muffles giant chuckles*
D: Good guess! *much more gracious than I* But is a bunny green?
C: Ooooo a GREEN BUNNY!
JAEDA: *hopping around the house* Hop! Hop! Hop!
M: *ready to move on* Okay, so it’s green, it moves, it lives outside, it hops, aaaaaand it makes the noise ribbit.
C: *really thinking*
D: *whispers* What says ribbit?
C: A FROG!!!!!
J: Hop, hop, hop, RIBBIT!
Sigh of relief. I was ready to call it a night a try again
you know, in a year or so,
but Corban declared it was his turn.
C: I’m thinking of something blue. *looks around the room*
M: Is it in this room?
C: Yep, and it’s RED! *eyes very conspicuously land on new object* Can you see it, Mom? Can you SEE it?
M: Nope, I’m not looking; I’m just thinking.
C: But Mom, it’s RIGHT THERE! *pointing frantically*
M: So it’s red. Hmm…Is it a red Lego?
C: Nope, buuuut it hops!
M: *feeling confused since I know exactly what he was looking at* *start giggling hopelessly* So it’s red, it hops, and it’s in this room, huh?
C: Yep, it’s red and it hops aaaaand it’s my SLIPPERS!
M: *stunned silence, pondering*
D: Can slippers hop?
J: *continues hopping around the living room* Hop, hop, hop!
C: Weeeell, my slippers were pretending to be frogs, so they were hopping! This is a great game, Mom!
M: *falls apart in laughter* Very…creative, Corban. Aaaand BED TIME, KIDS!