Tabitha was telling me about the Muppets, which she and her brother saw without me recently.
I’ll spare you her lengthy plot summary. But if you haven’t seen the movie, the plot surrounds a boy born into a human family, but who is, in fact, a Muppet. Fish out of water. Happy ending.
So I ask Tabitha (who, recall is 4 years old and will soon be 5) a question.
Me: Is it possible that you’re a Muppet?
Tabitha: Dad! No! I don’t look like a cartoon.
This is great, right? All Muppets look like cartoons. I don’t look like a cartoon. Therefore I am not a Muppet.
In formal logic,
Ever the teacher, I want to assess.
Me: Nice. Are all cartoons Muppets?
Tabitha: Sheep in WordWorld isn’t a Muppet. Clifford’s not.
Me: One more question. If you’re not a Muppet, does that mean you don’t look like a cartoon?
I’m asking about whether:
She thinks for a while. Finally.
Tabitha: Dad! Clifford’s not a Muppet, but he looks like a cartoon!
She also seems frustrated by the obviousness of my question, given that: