Setting the Scene: Zoey is at an age where she likes to play with us with actual interaction instead of us just sitting next to her while she plays. She has a serious love affair going on with Maia’s Littlest Pet Shop toys and wants us to spend hours playing with them, complete with animal voices and acting skills. Matt will spend those hours playing with her until I start to see the panic in his eyes that he may never escape. The following conversation took place one night last week after he spent 2 hours playing pet shop with Zoey.
He Said: How come you don’t have to spend hours playing with tiny, strange looking, plastic animals?
She Said: Uh. What do you think I do all day while you’re at work?
He Said: Oh.
She Said: Yeah. So by the time you get home, it’s totally your turn.
He Said: Sigh.
She Said: You know, you could always play my version of hide and seek with her. It worked with the big kids when they were little.
He Said: Hide and seek is even worse than pet shop.
She Said: Why?
He Said: Because I have to actually get up and find her.
She Said: Silly man. That’s not how special hide and seek works.
He Said: What are you talking about?
She Said: First, she hides and you don’t seek.
He Said: At all?
She Said: Not for awhile. About 10 minutes and then just follow the giggles until you find her. Then you hide.
He Said: What’s so special about that?
She Said: Depends on where you hide. Last time I took my Kindle and hid in the car. Took her about 20 minutes to find me.
He Said: Huh. So you got 20 minutes of peace and quiet and you were technically still playing with her. It’s brilliant.
She Said: Yes. Yes I am.
He Said: And so modest.
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