Monday, April 30, 2012

Zebras: The Animal Kingdom’s Authority on Women’s Undergarments

Credit: Gary M. Stolz/US Fish and Wildlife Service (Public Domain)
Have you ever played the Telephone Game?  For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, let me explain the game.  Basically, you line a bunch of people up in a row.  The first person whispers a message into the ear of the next person.  Then that person whispers the message into the next person’s ear and so on down the line.  Finally, the last person repeats the message out loud for everyone to hear.  Suffice it to say, the message is never the same, slowly condensing in length and becoming twisted in often hilarious fashions.

Often, whenever I am communicating with my two young children I feel it is no more productive than this silly party game!  I am reminded time and time again how easy it is for children to misunderstand the simplest of things.  An excellent example of this profound truth happened nearly 2 years ago.

Two summers ago, my children and I were pretending we were animals.  My daughter, then 3, decided it would be a wonderful idea for all of us to dress up as an animal and continue to play.  We all ran off to create our own costumes.

My son (5 at the time) returned to the living room first hopping around in footed pajamas and bunny ears.  He made quite an adorable bunny rabbit!  I followed right behind all in black with a tail and cat ears.  My son laughed as I purred and meowed.  We were having quite a wonderful time!

Fifteen minutes later, we were still waiting for my daughter to return.  Finally, I yelled up the stairs for her to come join the fun and she called back, “Coming, Mommy!”

About 5 minutes later, my little princess came running back into the living room.  She had on a black dress.  Over top of it was the pink training bra she had begged me to get her for her birthday (since she wanted to be just like Mommy).  Underneath her dress, she had her black and white striped leggings.  Confused, I asked her what animal she was supposed to be.

She giggled and grinned from ear to ear.  “A zebra, Mommy, a zee-BRA!  I have my stripes and my bra.  See?”

I started laughing, thinking she had been creative and used a play on words . . . quite ingenious for a 3 year old.  However, she immediately dashed that conclusion when she further explained: “Too bad my bra is pink and not stripped like a real zebra’s bra . . .!”


  1. LOL! And Congrats to you for finishing the challenge!

  2. What an adorable story! Thanks for sharing! ~Angela

  3. Hilarious! You have the absolute best parenting stories! Keep 'em coming!

  4. What a great story to end the challenge - congrats on completing it.

  5. ROFL, still quite ingenious for a 3 year old, that's classic!

  6. What are you going to do now that you've made it through the alphabet? I can hardly wait to see!

  7. Too funny! Your kids are adorable.

  8. Great story, Amanda! You'll have to save this one for when she's older. You'll both have a great laugh when she's in her 20's or you can use it to blackmail her when she's in her teens. :)

  9. Congrats on reaching z! And what a great story.