While we were in the car today, C suggested that we play a guessing game. Since we were on our way to an unfamiliar destination and I was concentrating on the road, I suggested that the two boys play on their own.
C: "I'm thinking of an animal that is a pet!"
O: "A COW!!!!"
C: (sigh...) "No, O, a cow is not a pet. I said, I am thinking of an animal that is a pet."
O: "ummm....A TIGER!!"
C: "O, a tiger is NOT a pet. Try again."
O: "A LION!!!"
C: (even longer sigh...) "No."
O: "A PARROT!!"
C: (whining) "MOOOOOOM, I said I am thinking of a pet. How come he's not guessing a pet?!"
Me: "Well, some people keep parrots as pets, so that was a good guess."
C: (getting more and more agitated) "No it wasn't!!!! O doesn't know how to play!! Now you have to guess, Mom!!!"
Me: "Is it a cat?"
Phew! Crisis averted!