I spy, says the five year old

Toronto, 2017.12.04

The Girl had us in stitches, today, with her attempt at "I spy" - she would literally look at what she had in mind. It started with some natto in a bowl right next to her. Every time someone would take a guess at what she could be thinking of, she'd glance at the bowl. After even The Boy had figured it out, we humored her a bit (but not to the point of patronizing (yes, I'm the arbitrator of that, being the only one in the household that knows the word (see?)) and then I explained to her how we knew what she was doing.

I figure honesty is the best policy when dadsplaining these things to the kids. For instance, I told her what it means when an adult says, "That's nice, dear."

So she tried again. Looking at the Christmas tree, she said, "It's a type of tree..."

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I have a strong hunch she'll learn. And you'll be in trouble. What kind of adult says "That's nice, dear"?


"That's nice, dear."


rand()m quote

(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.

-Sigmund Freud

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