Who took the candies?

candiesI had an interesting conversation with my daughter several days ago. Like most young children, she loves candy. Because candy is not good for teeth, I only allow her to eat two candies at a time. Also, to prevent her from taking the candies, the candy jar filled with a lot of candies is placed on a shelf in the kitchen.

candy jarWhenever my daughter wants to have some candies, she asks me to hand her over the candy jar from the shelf. I always tell her to pick up one candy although I know that she will take two pieces because one is never enough for her. It is a generous compromise from my side. Before she picks up two candies from the jar, she always asks me not to look at her with a cute smile. It is because she wants to take two pieces and does not want me to catch her small misdemeanor. Then, I turn around and pretend that I have not seen her taking two pieces.

A few days ago, she asked me to hand her over the jar on the shelf as usual, and I did. I turned around as per her request while she picked up two pieces (I assumed). When I looked at her again in a minute, I was surprised to see that the jar was empty. All the candies were gone. I asked her where all the candies were, and her answer was cute and funny. She said, ‘Mouse took it’ with an innocent smile.

I found her answer interesting and decided to keep asking a series of questions to hear her thoughts. For all the questions, she answered without any hesitation. Let me share our conversation.

mouseI: Where are the candies? Who took the candies?

My daughter: Mouse took it.

I: Where did the mouse take the candies?

My daughter: To their house. They carried the candies on their backs. Like this. (she bent her back forward a bit and pointed her back with her left hand). They came to our house to pick up the candies. They gave some of the candies to a mommy kangaroo, to a turtle, and to a rabbit.

I: How many mice came?

My daughter: There were fifteen mice. They carried the candies to their house.

I: Where is their house?

My daughter: (while pointing the empty space in front of her with her index finger as if there were an invisible map on the air) their house is here. Our house is here. They go this way, they turn around here, then, cross the street. They did not raise their hands while crossing the street. They jumped like this when they walked (she showed a jumping motion).

I smiled and laughed. I did not want to forget what she mentioned in details with a lot of body language, so I have written down what she said. It is another cute imagination of a child. zooThis episode shows another imaginative story of my daughter like the episode I have introduced before. I do not consider what she said as a lie. I am happy with her imagination. According to her imagination, my house is like a zoo filled with all kinds of animals, and I probably need a bigger house. She reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. I hope she grows up with full imagination. At least, she is aware that it is important to raise her hand while crossing the street. Also, I will keep reminding her that eating too many candies is never good for her. By the way, I found the candies she hid under a blanket a couple of hours later.


10 thoughts on “Who took the candies?”

  1. This was so funny and cute! You can never be amazed and the intellectual level of children these days.
    I so glad that you decided to challenge her mind by asking he additional questions just to see how far her mind would take it.
    It’s great to challenge our children this way by asking them additional questions to see how much their thinking has grown and develop.
    I suggest you got out and by mice traps, seems like you have a mice problem at your home lol

    • Thank you for your comment.
      As you indicated, I found it very effective to ask my daughter a series of questions.
      By the way, I will think of how I can get rid of all the mice who visit my house so often.
      Have a great day.

  2. Cute story. What an imagination! I hope your daughter keeps her Anne of Green Gables ideas as she grows! You’ll be glad you wrote down her story. One day, you may even share it with her. I started writing down funny things my sons said when they were little and they love looking at these phrases now. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi, Rebecca.
      Thank you for your comment.
      I believe that imagination is the most valuable feature of any human being, especially for a child.
      Even Einstein once mentioned that “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.
      I will keep writing down the funny stories of my daughter.
      I hope to hear about your son’s funny stories in the future.
      Have a wonderful day.

  3. I just loved your article about you and your daughter trying to outsmart one another with the candies, I just love children and how smart they can be and their imaginations are incredible. How old is your daughter, you better be on your toes as she becomes older she is going to become wiser and trickier and just might outsmart you.


    • Hi, Jeff.
      My daughter turned 4 in November last year.
      By the way, I don’t need to be on my toes.
      She already outsmarted me more than a year ago.
      That is what my wife and I agree.
      Thank you for your comment.

  4. The innocence and imagination of a child is always a blessing. I absolutely loved reading this story of who took the candies, and I look forward to reading more. Definitely going to be talking about this with friends and family, because I think at one time or another, we’ve all told a tall tale of who took the candies, am I right?


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