Friday, February 24, 2012

Bad Uncle

You can call me a bad uncle if you like but I love tormenting my young great nieces and nephews. It's one of the perks of getting older.
I have a seven year-old great niece named Zoe who is a scream. Zoe's mom is my sister's oldest child, and she wouldn't have anything to do with me until she was probably eight.
I adore Zoe, and Zoe adores me, and she has ever since she was very young
But Zoe is on a kick to prove, once and for all, that girls are smarter than boys.
She's probably right in a lot of ways, but that wouldn't have been any fun, so I challenged her. 
She asked me a bunch of math questions and I answered them all with the help of the calculator on my iPhone. The trick was to not let her see me using the calculator.
After she gave me a round of questions, I asked if it was my turn to ask "the girls" questions.
She reluctantly agreed. I promptly asked here some unanswerable questions like -- How far is up?
-- Did you walk to school or carry your lunch?
-- If something was traveling sooooo fast it couldn't be stopped, and hit something soooooo hard it couldn't be moved, what would happen?
She puzzled for a long time over these challenges. She slipped into the kitchen to ask her mom, but found no help. She was left to sort through the maze by herself. 
I could see that little brain churning, weighing the questions and trying to assign values to things. Evaluating, reasoning, and making assumptions. She's not a quitter, but after I let her think about the questions for a long time, I let her in on my prank. 
She looked at me with that - CHEATER, CHEATER, PANTS ON FIRE look. I felt a little bad, but I hugged her and told her I was proud of her for trying to solve the problems.
She acted like she was mad at me for a few minutes, but that didn't last long.
I shot this series of photos with my iPhone before I left. 
It occurred to me on the way home that I won't be able to fool this child much longer.

8 comments:

  1. She is probably already "past fooling" but she is just playing with you by letting you think you are still fooling her. :)

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  2. They are so much fun at that age.

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  3. Their innocence is amazing and so sweet!

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  4. I had an uncle and a grandpa who loved to tease me till I was in tears. I don't think they were quite as sweet as you!

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  5. You'd better watch out...pay backs are....well, you know! I bet she's thinking up something good right now!

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  6. LOL!! Smart girl, silly lovely grand uncle! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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  7. What a little sweetie she is! And she is right - girls are smarter than boys. You are a good uncle.

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  8. Wait till dementia strikes and she lets you have it. Ah, but you'll be drooling and won't know what's going on anyway.

    Love,
    Janie

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