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Tic Tac TOE

     This afternoon I demonstrated for Teagan some of the string games I learned as a child --"witches broom" (AKA bananas, fishing spear or janitor's keys), cat's cradle, a couple of slip string tricks (like hand catch), and more.

     She was enthralled, took the old green yarn loop from me while I loaded another pile of laundry into the wash and immediately transferred what she'd learned to string play with her feet! Instead of trying to create the web of Jacob's ladder, she laced the string around her big toes and began pulling it this way and that, creating new shapes and calling out to me, "Look, Mamma! It's a party hat!"

     The yarn loop broke under the pressure of one yank after another twist and pull. Teagan asked me, "Can you knot this for me, Mamma?" To which I of course answered, "I can knot!" We giggled because she got the "cannot/can knot" homonym joke.

     Then, as she played with her feet and string a bit more, lying on her back on my bed, she again called out to me, "Mamma! Look, I made Tic Tac Toe."

     When I looked, sure enough, she'd created a perfect little crisscross between fingers and toes that precisely resembled the board of the famous boredom-busting pen and paper game. Better, yet, Teagan made another joke: 

     "Yeah. Let's call this Tic Tac TOE!"


     That girl! She kills me with her quick wit! 

      "Yes, Teagan. That is authentically a Tic Tac TOE board."


Photo Note: (The picture was a reenactment; the crisscross was difficult for her to reproduce.)

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