Mama went to visit family at the beach this week. I didn’t get to go, because there were 4 wee ones from age four on down, and our thinking was that I would be safer at Summer Camp. Upon her return, I was told about this little snippet of conversation.
Matthew (age 4, already speaks Spanish and English…you get the picture): Watcha’ doing?
Mama: Playing a word game, want to help?
Matthew: Sure! What are all those colored squares?
Mama: Those give you points on the word you make (gives overview of game)
Matthew: Why don’t we make a word?
Mama: We will….how many vowels do I have?
Mama: Good, but really I have three….two e’s and an o
Matthew: OK…..why don’t we make a word up here? (points to top of board)
Mama: Because the lady who I am playing with could have the letters to make another word out of my word, and then she would get a BIG score.
Matthew: But you are already winning!
Mama: Yep, but that could change in a heartbeat….I could be losing too.
Matthew: I hate to lose.
Mama: Right, cause you know what….. looks deeply into Matthew’s eyes……. losing is for suckers!
Matthew: YEP! Losing is for suckers!…..What’s a sucker?
Mama: errrrrrrrrrr, errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. A sucker is someone who doesn’t want to win.
Matthew’s Mama: Um, don’t you think we could have turned this into a teachable moment….you know, you can’t win all the time, it’s only a game, you can be gracious when loosing and still be a winner……
Mama: Won’t he forget our conversation?
Matthew’s Mama: No.
Mama: Oh crap, I’ve scarred the kid for life………………..