It’s Not

It’s not. I promise it’s not.

It’s not that a four year old was beating me in Memory.

It’s not.

It’s not that I was even trying a little bit because two losses in a row to a child in anything is embarrassing.

It’s not.

It’s not that she was teaching me how annoying my victorious mannerisms were as she copied them instantly and completely, saying, “Haha! I’m cleaning up!” when she saw that she was on the home stretch and knew she could not lose.

It’s not.

It’s that her body position, essentially half-standing, half-sitting so that she could easily pivot on her knee and reach any card that she desired, had resulted in her other leg’s pant leg being pulled up to near high-water-Frodo-Baggins-hobbit height and every time she moved her now protruding bare foot I could not but think of the emphasis Peter Jackson placed on those abnormally long, obnoxiously hairy feet as if they were the most difficult piece of trick photography in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That’s what it was. That’s what annoyed me so. Promise.



  1. Jim Maher

    My seven-year-old had to help me get the airport to pick up my wife once upon a time. I was so lost, and the child had to get us back on track. Stellar parenting, right there.


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