I was so mean to my daughter last night. We have an ice storm coming near us in the next 24 hours and we saw on TV that a couple of school systems were already closing. So when she turned her head, I squealed, “Our county is closed!” I didn’t make her believe it too long (perhaps three seconds) before I started laughing and said, “JK!”
I love fun tricks like that with kids. I figure if nothing else it will help their own personalities be interesting as they reach adulthood!
This is why I nearly fell over laughing when I read my brother’s post about what he does to his daughter – tricking her into telling her about a house that used to be a train depot. Here’s an excerpt,
About once per month when we drive by this old train station, I trick Beth into letting me tell her that this house used to be a train station. Usually I say something like, “Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you something important.” She’ll usually (but not always) take the bait, saying “What?” That’s when I spring it on her. “This house used to be a train station!” It elicits deep groans every time. When I got back from my hike today she asked me if I’d play Uno with her, and I took the opportunity to do this again. I had my laptop on my lap after just having downloaded the day’s photo haul. The photo above was on the screen. I said, “OK, but first I need to show you something on the computer.” She came and sat down beside me and I sprung the dreadful phrase once again. “This house used to be a train station.” “DADDY!” Ha ha.
It sounds like we all inherited that same ornery streak!