My mom had convinced my kids that her cat, Hobbes, can talk. She points at him and says, "Hobbes, what rhymes with new?" and Hobbes dutifully answers "Mew!"
Then she'll say, "Hobbes, what is the opposite of old?" and he again, like the good trained boy he is, answers, "Mew!" and Mom says, "That's right! New! What letter comes after P?"
It pretty much works with any word that rhymes with "mew" I guess...I've not seen the trick with my own eyes.
Anyway, Reilly was so impressed the first time she saw it that she thought we should call and have Hobbes featured on the news! My mom thought that she should reveal the "trick" to Reilly because it didn't seem quite right to continue to let her think that Hobbes could really talk.
So, on Saturday they were over there for a sleepover and Mom explained the trick to Reilly and it was all fine and dandy and Reilly seemed to understand how it worked.
Declan, however, said to Mom, "Does Hobbes know what comes after M?"
"No." my Mom answers.
"Oh, that's okay," he reassured her (and the cat too, I think). "I don't know either!"
Hmmmmm....I don't think he gets it!