Everyone knows the J Family. It is the family where the names of the three sons and three daughters of Mr and Mrs Jameson each start with the letter J.
Mr Jameson was looking at the Sunday Newspaper Crossword, thinking of ideas of other boy and girl names starting with the letter J. "Hmmm, maybe Joyce and Joseph?" he said to himself.
The three boys and the three girls were at home, having been supervised by Mr Jameson as Mrs Jameson left for a doctor's appointment — imagine bringing six kids along to the doctor!
But lucky the kids stayed home, because they were able to combine their brain power and make a plan: a plan that would make Mr and Mrs Jameson very deep in thought; a plan that would keep their minds thinking all night; a plan that would make them find the pattern of their favourite letters.
The three girls walked up to Mr Jameson first.
Jasmine: Hey Dad, do you want to know what my favourite letter is?
Mr Jameson: Sure, why not? (Places the newspaper down on the coffee table.) Let me guess — is it the letter J?
Jasmine: Wrong, it is K!
Jocelyn: Hey dad, how about me? Can you try guessing my favourite letter, too?
Mr Jameson: Okay. Is it M? Please tell me it is the letter J. (Shows a look of confusion as to why the girls are acting like this.)
Jocelyn: No, it's L.
Juliet: Hey Dad, do you want to know what my favourite letter is?
Mr Jameson: Alright, but it has to be J. (Shows a look of concern.)
Juliet: Nope, it is the letter M!
Then the boys ran up to Mr Jameson.
Jordan: Hey Dad, guess what my favourite letter is!
Mr Jameson: Hmm, maybe N? I heard K, L and M... so N, right?
Jordan: Nup, it's Jasmine's; the letter K.
Jasper: Dad! Dad! Dad, I have a favourite letter as well! Can you guess what it is?
Mr Jameson: That's it — it's L. There's a pattern going on, isn't there?
Jasper: Hey! That's not fair... (Jasper runs to his room.)
Mr Jameson is glad that he got the answer, but is sad how none of the kids have a favourite letter J... until he noticed something.
Mr Jameson: Hey, Jeremy, have you got a favourite letter you want me to guess?
Jeremy: Mmmm... (Being shy, Jeremy says nothing. Except, he nods his head.)
Mr Jameson: Okay, well, I think it is the letter M.
Jeremy: (Nods his head again.)
Mr Jameson: Aha! I have found the pattern! It is K, L, M, K, L, M, ... and so on! The first three letters after J!
Then, all the kids except Jasper who was still in his room, shouted one word. Even Jeremy shouted.
All the kids except Jasper: NO!
Mr Jameson: (Thought for a couple of seconds.) Soo... what is the pattern?
Jeremy: (Steps forward.) That is the last thing you would have to guess.
Mr Jameson was still stuck in thought when Mrs Jameson walked through the door after the kids went upstairs to make Jasper feel better.
Can you help them figure out the pattern? What would Joyce and Joseph's favourite letter be? (The pattern is not what you first think.)