There is a fair in our town this week and there is a fun little game called the “Mouse Game”. Basically, the rules are simple, you put a quarter down on a number. There is a spinner in the center with numbered holes around the edge. A mouse is released on the spinner and it runs into a hole. If it runs into your number, you are a winner.
Q: What is worse than not winning at the mouse game?
A: Winning once when you have twin toddlers.
Yes, fiasco. Little A picked a lucky number and a subsequent prize. Little J was desperate for her own pink Care Bear. We tried a few more times and then told Little J it was the last quarter and asked her to pick a number. She slapped a quarter down on #58 and confidently said, “that!”. The mouse came out of the box and ran to #7 but stopped short of the hole and ran about half way around the spinner and then stopped and looked like he was thinking. Little J was clapping and saying “mouse” and that little thing ran right into #58!
Whew. Big sigh of relief.
I know this was a great opportunity to teach them that life isn’t always fair, but that little mouse sure made my life easier!
Let’s hear it for the fair!