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What Else Has She Figured Out?

Yesterday Cora and I drove past a neighborhood Montessori school housed in a fanciful building replete with towers and royal-like flags.

“Mommy,” Cora said, “That building looks like a castle, but it’s not a castle. It’s really a children’s school.”

Thinking she’d heard this from another grown-up on some previous drive past the spot, but wanting to keep the conversation that she’d started going, I said, “What makes you say that?”

“Well, castles are where kings and queens live. And we don’t have any kings and queens here because this is America and we are ruled by a president instead. So it can’t be a real castle.”
Nonplussed, I couldn’t resist one more question. “Ok, so you’ve figured out it’s not a real castle. How do you know it’s a children’s school?”

“Because,” Cora said patiently, “first, there are a lot of cars outside it like at my old school. And every grown-up that comes out of the building has a kid with her. And finally, in the back there’s a playground and if it was a kid doctor’s place it wouldn’t have a playground outside.”

And she sat back, satisfied.

And I was reminded yet again that I often don’t give my children enough credit for deductive reasoning.


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