Friday, June 13, 2008

Out of the mouths of babes

Yesterday was game day here in our little corner of Alabamistan. We played “Go Fish” and “Old Maid” and “Deal or No Deal.” Sawyer was in no mood for making deals, even when only two of the original 26 briefcases were left. He rejected the banker’s offer of $525,000 with the board showing $1 and $1,000,000 and then discovered that the $1,000,000 was in the briefcase he had chosen! Sam, on the other hand, accepted the first deal offered to him, and the deal he made was a good one. He pocketed $100,000 (in play money) and there was only $75,000 in the briefcase he had picked.

I was Howie Mandell, and Nana and I made up names for the invisible girls who opened the briefcases. I picked names like Marjorie and Jane and Tina Louise. Nana, however, decided that one of the girls was named Fluella. Sawyer and Sam were practically in hysterics. So were we, but for a different reason!

After the game, Sawyer offered to bring out the “Monopoly” set but we decided against it because it takes such a long time to play. I said that on our next trip we’ll try to remember to bring our Mexican Train Dominoes with us. “Do you have dominoes?” I asked, and Sawyer nodded in the affirmative, but Sam replied, in all seriousness, “We don't have Domino’s, we have Pizza Hut.” When we all laughed, he insisted he was right. “We went to Pizza Hut on Sawyer’s birthday,” he said, “and we went to Pizza Hut on my birthday.”

And we had to admit that it was true.

Don’t you just hate it when people tell you what their grandchildren said?


  1. Oh, that Domino's comment is too cute. It sounds like you are having the best time.

  2. No, I don't hate it when you tell us a cute story like that! I actually enjoyed watching Art Linkletter and "Kids Say the Darndest Things."

    I tried to watch "Deal or No Deal" -- once. I'm glad your grandchildren enjoy the game, and that you and Nana play along. What grandparents will do!

  3. No......that was a really cute story! Thanks for telling us.

    I don't watch many game shows, so I've never seen "Deal or No Deal", but I do remember watching "Let's Make a Deal" often, at my grandma's house, many years ago. I don't know if the two shows are similar or not. Grandma also liked to watch "Queen for a Day", and "Hollywood Squares" and "Concentration".

  4. Thanks Ruth and Pat and Jeannelle for commenting. For the record, Jeannelle, "Deal or No Deal" is nothing at all like "Let's Make A Deal." Monty Hall used to ask the contestants to choose Curtain No. 1, Curtain No. 2, or Curtain No. 3 and was lots of fun, whereas "Deal or No Deal" should have been named "Which Is More Entertaining, Greed or Stupidity?"