DorkySon has become a bit obsessed about spelling things recently. We’ll be walking around town and he’ll say ‘Oooh, look at that bus, how do you spell bus Mummy?’. I’ve been getting a lot of odd looks from the good people of Harpenden as I push my son along chanting ‘c-h-e-m-i-s-t’ or ‘C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s-T-r-e-e’ or ‘z-e-b-r-a-c-r-o-s-s-i-n-g’.
Anyway, in an attempt to make the whole thing a bit more fun we decided it was time for him to learn about I Spy. What a mistake that was. Although he’s pretty good at working out the first letters of words – he knows that D is for Daddy and M is for Mummy and Gr is for Granny, just like Gr for Great and Green and Grumpy – he doesn’t seem to have quite grasped the concept of the game. Either that or he just likes winding his mother up…
Me: Okay, I’ll start. I spy with my little eye something beginning with C.
Me: Wow! Yes! Right first time, well done! Your turn now.
DorkySon: I spy with my little eye something beginning with… T.
Me: I give up.
DorkySon: JEEP! It’s JEEP, Mummy!
Me: But Jeep begins with a J! And there are no jeeps in here anyway!
DorkySon laughs hysterically…
Me: Okay, let’s try again… you take another turn.
DorkySon: I spy with my little eye something beginning with… B.
Me: Ummm. Ball?
Me: I give up. What is it?
DorkySon: LION! It’s LION, Mummy!
Me: But Lion begins with an L! And there are no lions in our house!
DorkySon laughs hysterically again.
Me: Okay, we’re going to do this once more. Do it properly this time.
DorkySon: I spy with my little eye something beginning with… M
DorkySon, giggling: No
Me: Erm… Maisy book?
DorkySon, collapsing in a puddle of laughter: NOOOOO!
Me: What is it then?
DorkySon: Volkswagen Camper Van!!
Me: You know what? Let’s play hide and seek.