Dear friends, I would like some help with a question about this text; It’s from my English textbook. "Who created the seat-belt game?
First I thought the husband created it, then I thought about the 5-year-old boy.
Thanks for the help.
Dear Ann Landers: I tried for years to get my wife and six children to wear seat belts, but it was a losing battle. I’d just about given up when my 5-year-old gave me a great idea. He got in the car one day and, for a change, put on his seat belt, turned to me and said,
What are you forgetting?' I hadn't buckled mine yet. I told him if he remembered to put on his seat belt and say,What are you forgetting?’ 10 more times, I’d buy him a Popsicle.
To my surprise, he never forgot to buckle up after that. About five Popsicles later, my whole family was playing the ``What are you forgetting?’ game.Here are the rules we go by:
You earn one point every time you get into the car, fasten your seat belt and say, ``What are you forgetting?’ before anyone else says it.
After accumulating 10 points, you get a treat.
After buckling up, if you’re caught with your belt off, you lose a point.
You can’t earn points in public parking lots. This is to prevent youngsters from racing each other to the car in traffic.
- Buckled Up in San Antonio
Dear Buckled Up: I think it’s a terrific idea. Siblings love to compete. They also love prizes. The game also ensures that Mom and Dad will buckle up. That 5-year-old sounds like a real winner to me.