Monday, October 13, 2008

For the love of Green!

Papa Z and I are starting to wonder if Wacky Zacky is color blind. He seems to remember everything and I mean everything other than his colors. When I say everything, I mean he can be upstairs on the other side of the house when I slip and say "Damn it!" and he will somehow hear me and remember it only to recall it at the most inappropriate time!

Last night the family was sitting at the dinner table and Wacky Zacky had on the shirt pictured above. Papa Z decided to test him on his colors. The conversation went something like this:

Papa Z: "Wacky Zacky, what color is this?" Pointing to the green stripe on his shirt.
Wacky Zacky: "MMMM...BLUE!"
Papa Z: "No, it's green."
Wacky Zacky: Shaking his head yes, understanding that he had made a mistake. Then shouted "BLUE" as he proudly pointed to the green stripe.
Papa Z: "No Wacky Zacky, this is Green. Can you say green?"
Wacky Zacky: "Green."
Papa Z: "Good. Now what color is this?" Pointing to the green stripe.
Wacky Zacky: Squeezing his eyes shut in what appeared to be mass concentration. Then eyes pop open and with a huge smile on his face he proudly exclaims "PINK!"
Papa Z: "Look, this is green and this is brown" Papa Z patiently points to each different color stripe on Wacky Zacky's shirt.
Wacky Zacky: He responds by dancing wildly around the room.
Papa Z: "So Wacky Zacky, come here...What color is this?" Pointing to the brown stripe.
Wacky Zacky: "Brown"
Cheers, applause, and WooHoos are heard around the room.
Papa Z: "Good! Now what color is this?" Pointing to the green stripe.
Wacky Zacky: Silence
Papa Z: "Come on...You know it...What color is this...Do you remember?" Pointing to the green stripe.
Wacky Zacky: Silence
Papa Z: "Okay, a treat is riding on this"
Wacky Zacky: Shrieks and jabbers, "Treat! Treat! Treat! Treat! Treat!"
Papa Z: "You can have a treat if you tell me what is this color?" Pointing to the green stripe.
Wacky Zacky: "Treat!"
Papa Z: "Tell me what color is this?"
Wacky Zacky: "Treat!"
Papa Z: "Okay Mama Z, maybe you'll have better luck!"
Mama Z: "Wacky Zacky, what color is this?" Pointing to the green stripe.
Wacky Zacky: "Treat!"
Mama Z: "No, tell me the color"
Wacky Zacky: Pausing and appearing to look like he is really contemplating the color.
Mama Z: Smugly sitting back thinking I know he's going to say Green and I shall get all the glory!!!
Wacky Zacky: Still pondering..."Cupcake!"
Mama Z: The smirk has been wiped off my face! "Look, this is green." Pointing to the green stripe. "Can you find anything else that is green in this room?"
Wacky Zacky: Walks over to a toy and points to something green.
Mama Z: "Good boy! Now what color is this?" Pointing to the green stripe?
Wacky Zacky: "Red!"
Mama Z: "Your turn Papa Z!" As I sit back exhausted.
Papa Z: "Okay Wacky Zacky, you have one last chance for a treat. You must answer this correctly on the first try to get a treat. What color is this?" Pointing to the green stripe.
Wacky Zacky: Rolling his eyes around in fierce concentration.
Papa Z and Mama Z: Lean forward waiting in anticipation.
Wacky Zacky: "Green." Said as if it were such a simple question. "Now I want treat!"

Zany thought of the day: Do you ever feel like you are doing the same thing over and over expecting different results? It's called insanity! Maybe you need to take a different approach!

3 comments:

storybeader said...

sounds like he's smarting than you're giving him credit for! Or is this a trick post?

Moly said...

LOL, I like treats better then green and green is my favorite color! Deven likes to "tease" us, saying the wrong thing just to see us sweat, it's so nice to have your kids look at you like you don't know anything!!! BTW he looks great in that shirt! The colors look really good on him!

TNT2008 said...

hummmm. I frequently wonder if I ought to be giving my daughter more credit. I think she is a tiny adult that giggles as she vexes me.