Outsmarted by a 3-Year-Old

During the recent visit from our son Brian and his family I gave my 3-year-old grandson Zachary a couple of Graham crackers. I didn’t want him to have too many so I intentionally gave to him a couple of the ones that were already broken into squares. That way he could have two.

Zach ate them and asked if he could have more.

Me: “I’ll give you one more, but only if you promise not to ask for any more after that.”

Zach: “Okay.”

I handed another square to him. He didn’t take it.

Zach: “A rectangle, please.”

My Beloved and I exchanged looks of awe. The three-year old had just outsmarted his Grandpa. Again. (Sigh.)

He got the twice-as-large rectangle. I got yet another dose of humility.

With Love,




About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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21 Responses to Outsmarted by a 3-Year-Old

  1. haha love it Russ! ❤
    Diana xo

  2. Mrs. P says:

    Ha Ha…he outsmarted you! Don’t the squares break in half? 😉

    • russtowne says:

      Rub it in, Mrs P! I thought about breaking the squares into rectangles only after the incident, but in truth, if I’d thought of it at the time, I likely couldn’t have brought myself to do it (though I’d have liked to see the look on his face if I had.)

  3. I need to remember his way of thinking Russ.

  4. tunisiajolyn84 says:

    My kind of kid. Love this heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing Russ!

  5. ksbeth says:

    that is so funny, he showed you who was clearly in charge! )

  6. utesmile says:

    Very smart, Grand pa… watch out! 🙂

  7. goodtalkjosh says:

    My son is 3 and I am amazed daily at what his mind comes up with. Great story, glad I stumbled across it!

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