Lately I've been doing a lot of guessing to figure out what kids are talking about--and not just trying to take a stab at working out their word substitutions. Brianna's favorite style of delivery of any type of news, these days, has been the "Guess What" approach. "Guess What" + Expectant Look never really precedes news of some normal occurrence. But then, since when are elementary school days filled with normal occurrences?
A few weeks ago, Brianna wanted to see if I could figure out what she ate for breakfast. Well, more so she wanted to orchestrate a dramatic pause and then, with great flourish, tell me bizarre thing she ate for breakfast.
"Hmmm...oatmeal? Cereal? Eggs?"
"Nope!" [Dramatic pause.] "My NAILS in a bowl of cereal!" And thus I was GuessWhatted into learning of some sort of strange kitchen nail clipping mishap.
Yesterday, Brianna pulled out a "Guess What" in a place with a particularly high potential for a disastrous answer. The bathroom.
"Ms. Sarah--guess what is in the toilet in the second stall in the girls' bathroom!"
I closed my eyes for a minute, hoping for something completely normal, but knowing we were not headed in that direction.
This time, though, I had no guesses, as my preferred answer to that question would have been, "Nothing."
Despite my lack of guessing, Brianna was still able to achieve a sufficiently dramatic pause.
Really--if you're going to inform someone of the fact that there is, somehow, an entree in the toilet, Guess What is a pretty effective method of presentation.
Beware of the Guess What. You never know when the answer will be chicken.