While y’all have been wondering, “Where’s Brad?,” I’ve been at the beach with my two youngest grandchildren.
And the youngest, my 3-year-old grandson, is quite the playground lawyer.
Yesterday, my wife and I walked him and his big sister down the street to a little municipal park there at Surfside Beach so they could play on the playground equipment.
As we arrived there, he announced, “No holding hands,” and pulled his away from me. Since we were there, I let him go, but I had to ask: “Where does it say no holding hands?”
Without missing a beat, he said in an offhand manner: “That sign over there,” and resumed climbing up on the equipment.
He had indicated one of those signs you find at municipal parks that indeed say such things as, “No bare feet,” and “Children must be accompanied by adult.”
I was impressed. I knew we had used these signs in the past as justification for telling him to do things we wanted. You know, like, “Don’t go up the slide backwards. Don’t look at me; that’s what the sign says.”
Since it worked on him, he figured it would work on us. He doesn’t grok the concept of reading, so it doesn’t occur to him that he can’t con us with that. He doesn’t know that he’s the only person in the group who can’t read the sign.
I thought it was a very legalistic gambit, for a guy who just turned 3 last month…