Simon Says, "Listen!"

Do you know the game "Simon Says"? Here's how it goes—everyone must listen carefully to the commands and then obey. In a first-grade art class when everyone played "Simon Says," this is what happened.

Doug was chosen to be Simon. His first command was, "Simon says, put your hands on your head!" Everyone followed. Then Doug ordered, "Simon says, put your hands on your shoulders!" They did that, too. Since all the class was so good at following orders, he began to call them out faster to make it harder.

Karen noticed that Doug would quickly say one thing and then do something else to try and trick everyone. He'd say, "Put your hands on your head," but he'd put his hands on his shoulders! Karen knew his tricks, so to make sure she wouldn't be caught, she would close her eyes and listen to his directions only. This way Simon couldn't trick her. She was good at the game.

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June 13, 1977

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