Itâ€™s not just my kid that seems really smart; itâ€™s your kid, too, right? In fact, most wee ones are remarkably sharp these days. They seem to learn faster and have a deeper understanding of concepts at a much younger age. Maybe itâ€™s because many of our households are child-centered, or the modern commitment to breastfeeding or that itâ€™s every generation's â€śjobâ€ť to surpass the last. In fact, many times, I hear moms and dads say that 3 is the new 7, or 6 is the new 10.
That said, this weekend my 5-year-old debunked clown magic.
We attended my grandmaâ€™s 90th birthday party in Freeport, Ill., and she hired a clown to provide magic tricks and balloon art for the grandkids.
Most of the adults agreed the clown was on the creepy side -- she didnâ€™t smile at all despite her heavily made-up face and had kind of a low voice. She also wore a button that said, â€śGod loves clowns.â€ť
Overall, my kids enjoyed the clown action. However, when she tried to wow them by pulling a flag out of a seemingly empty box, Kai said, â€śCan you pull a Guatemalan flag out of that box?â€ť
The clown said, â€śYou bet I can,â€ť and proceeded to pull another flag -- definitely not the Guatemalan flag -- from the box.
â€śThatâ€™s not the Guatemalan flag,â€ť said Kai.
â€śYes,â€ť said the clown firmly. "It is."
â€śNo, itâ€™s not,â€ť said Kai, who was born in Guatemala. â€śThe Guatemalan flag has two blue stripes and is white in the middle.â€ť
Then he told the clown it was OK that she made a mistake and she should try again. The clown looked flustered and glanced at me with a â€śhelp meâ€ť look. So, I distracted Kai by asking to see his poodle balloon hat.
Later, I thought about the fact that if Kai could read more than three-letter words, he probably would have asked the clown how she knew God loved clowns. Luckily for Clarabelle, he canâ€™t.
The clown WAS a clown, that's the point he/she wasn't there to teach about World geography.
I'm shocked! In keeping with the spirit of "Green Month" I thought for sure he would have pulled a "green" tampon out of that box. I would ask for a refund Molly or at the very least some "Fair Trade".
It doesnt really take super intelligence to embarrass or show up a clown magician. Seems to me there is a difference between being smart, and being a smart alec.
I don't know how those people do it; can you imagine having to entertain someone elses bratty kids all day? Then on top of that, when one of the children tries to make you look like a fool, their parents think it's the funniest thing in the world.
Sounds like hell on earth to me.
Bee Tee | April 30, 2008 at 10:24 a.m. (report)
Now you know why there are two standard (read "big") poodles in my house! ;-)
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