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.


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

  2. They are so much fun at that age.

  3. Their innocence is amazing and so sweet!

  4. Anonymous5:43 AM

    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!

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

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

    Take care

  7. 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.



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