When I was a kid and we needed to make choices we had a little saying that would help us …
“Eeny Meeny Mynee Mo …. Catch a tiger (except it wasn’t ‘tiger’ when I was a kid), by the toe …. If it squeals let it go … Eeny Meeny Mynee Mo.”
And that was it – of course, it depended on which one you started the rhyme with and as you got older you used to try and beat the system, or at least your siblings, by getting what you wanted, even though it looked like you were being fair.
My 5 year old this morning took this ‘which one should I pick’ dilemma to entirely new heights… much to my impatience.
“Eeny, Meeny Mynee Mo … Catch a tiger by the toe … if it squeals let it go … Eeny Meeny Mynee Mo … My mother says to count to 10, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, and then she counts back again, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 … pigs snout, pigs snout, you are OUT!”
It goes on forever, and if a sibling happens to come past, and interrupt then the whole thing has to start again. But I was still confused. Did ” You are OUT” mean that you picked THAT one, or did it mean that it was OUT and so you picked the OTHER one?
I made the mistake of asking, and it was considered to be a really silly question, because obviously you picked the one that was on the ‘OUT’ … but watching this a few times I realised that actually the kids still picked the one that they ultimately wanted to pick, and if the wrong side was pointed to on the ‘OUT’ then he picked the other one ….
What was the counting, and rhymes all about? Picking which pile of washing clothes to put away next … I could have pulled my hair out, but he had a lot of fun.