Friday, October 25, 2013

I Spy

My husband, the kids, and I were in the car the other day, driving to a local fall festival. Lucy, excited by the prospect of bounce houses and carnival food, was talking non-stop. In an effort to keep our sanity and to calm her down, we tried to engage her in a game of “I Spy.” This is what happened:

DADDY: I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter P.

LUCY: Dolphin!

DADDY: No, dolphin begins with D. Not P. We’re looking for something that starts with P.

LUCY: Dolphin!

DADDY: It's not a dolphin! I saw a pond...we just passed it. P is for pond. It’s like if I saw a car, then I’d say, “I spy something that begins with the letter C.” For car.

LUCY: Or cookie!

DADDY: But there’s no cookie here.

LUCY: Where is it? I like chocolate chips.

DADDY: THERE IS NO COOKIE. Now let’s play the game. Remember, you have to spy something that you actually see. With your own eyes.

ME: Lucy, I spy with my little eye something…green!

LUCY: No, Mommy. We are not doing “I Spy” colors, just letters. (To Daddy) Mommy doesn’t understand.

ME: Watch your attitude, miss. I can play this game. I spy with my little eye something that starts with the letter T.

LUCY: Tree!

ME (a little bit surprised): Yes, you got it!

DADDY: I spy with my little eye something that starts with the letter S.

LUCY: Tree!

DADDY (to me): Maybe not. (To Lucy) Sign starts with S.

LUCY: Yes! A sign! Now, it’s my turn! I spy with my little eye something that starts with D!

ME: Duck?

DADDY: Daisy?

LUCY: No, dolphin!

DADDY: But there are no dolphins in or around the car. Try again. You have to SEE the thing you name.

LUCY: I spy with my little eye something that starts with K!

DADDY: K?

LUCY: Yes! For kangaroo!

ME: Are you sure we shouldn’t stick to colors?

DADDY: Okay, it’s my turn again, I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter S!

LUCY: You already did S!

DADDY: But, I see another thing that starts with S.

LUCY: You do?

ME: I think it’s time for music now.

DADDY (to Lucy): Lots of things start with S – signs, the sky, the street, the sun. (To me) I think it was time for music five minutes ago.

LUCY: Oh. Then it’s my turn again! I spy with my little eye something that begins with W. Give up? It’s a whale!

ME: Believe me, we give up.

2 comments:

  1. Laughing so hard - we don't play it that way:( We use colors - ex. I spy with my little eye something green) Sorry - poor kid:)

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  2. Colors weren't allowed - I tried that and was chastised!

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