The days of me thinking that I can fool my girls is clearly in the past now. Here’s a story about E1 – a budding Sherlock Holmes in the house.
Me: “Ooh, girls. I got a text from Daddy and I think Daddy is going to come home with a surprise. I bet you’ll never guess what it is.”
E1: “Oh! Is it another bike?”
Me (chuckling): “No, it’s not another bike. But considering the past few weeks, that’s an excellent guess.” (In reference to the one day at the beginning of November where we came home to find that he has bought a new road bike for himself, and then picked up two girls bikes that were sitting on the curb in the neighbourhood with a “Free” sign on them.)
E2: “Is it dinner?”
Me: “Hmm. Another good guess, especially since we are getting hungry. But no, that’s not it.”
E1: “New winter boots for us?”
Me: “Hmm, we do need to get you those. Sorry that’s not it either. I’m telling you, you’ll never guess what it is.”
The girls kept guessing during the walk home. They were unsuccessful in guessing correctly, as I predicted.
We got inside the house and were taking off our shoes when E1 looks up at me with a spark in her eye. “Wait! You said that Daddy texted you. I can go upstairs and look on the tablet to see what Daddy said to you.” She took off up the stairs. A minute later I hear her talking to E2. “Oh! I think Daddy got a new car!”
Me and E2: “Whaaaaaaaat?” We were shocked for different reasons.
E1: “Yeah, Daddy wrote something about a Lexus, and I think that’s a type of car.”
Me: “Yes…uh, you got it, sweetie! How, um, did you figure it all out?”
E1: “Well, I remember sometimes when we’re on the tablet watching Netflix or playing a game, i sometimes see the messages you and Daddy send to each other on Hangout. So I tried to find it.”
This kid blows my mind. Critical thinking skills = +20. Thinking back, I look all the pieces of information she assembled in that 7-year old brain of hers:
- Realized guessing blindly was not getting her anywhere, so she thought of an alternative method to get more clues.
- Picked up during our conversation the information that Daddy sent me a text message
- Remembered that she has seen our text messages on the tablets at home, in addition to our phones
- Remembered the name of the app that holds our messages, and how to find it on the tablet.
- Somehow remembered that Lexus is a manufacturer of cars, even though noone in our family, or our extended family, owns one (until now, that is).
So she’s on a good track to becoming a world-renowned consulting detective, right? Or a super spy? I just hope she uses her powers for good, and not evil.