Car Ride Karaoke: “Sister Time”

Hello Friends,

we all know the situation: you’re driving along from point A to point B when all of a sudden it comes on. Your song…your jam. Before you can check the traffic around you, you break out into song. Full bore, all out beltin’ it. Maybe perfectly, maybe pitchy, maybe flat – doesn’t matter. In the car you always nail it.

Sweetie often breaks out into song in the car and I find myself thinking, “Aww, I wish I was filming.” The other day I had some assistance from Wife so here  we are. I’m not sure what to say about Cricket’s freak out (you’ll see). So move over James Corden; watch out Elena (of Avalor); Sweetie’s on. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our car rides.

We’ll see you out there!

 

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Quotable, Maybe Not Share-able

Hello Friends,

Wife recently brought home this little gem of a book and I thought I would share, both the book and my concern with using it. At face value, My Quotable Kid, appears as advertised: “A parent’s journal of unforgettable quotes.” Published by Chronicle Books, this hand-sized journal seems like a perfect tool to capture the funny things that kids say. The pages are printed with a series of empty, lined thought bubbles and text boxes, ready for filling. One issue that I have with this medium is similar to my concern with blogging in general – how much should I share?

Sweetie is now 6 and her comments are funny and insightful – definitely share-worthy. The Cricket is 3 (almost 4), and while she is sometimes profound and definitely funny, her comments can be surprising.

For the first example, let’s take a look at the naming of our Nissan Versa. So many people name their cars, our family is no different. The other day Cricket decided our car needed a name and that needed to happen…right now. Her suggestion: “Daddy, let’s call our car ‘Blackie’.” Sheesh. Looking at the car, which is black with dark-tinted windows, the name is obvious. Without that image, however, the comment from this child, with her pale “White-Hispanic” complexion, is a bit cringy.

Moving on, let’s talk food. Kids get their words wrong all the time. Everyone knows that, right? It caused me pause, however, when Cricket ordered lunch the other day by asking for “a big tit of pizza.” Yep, just like that. Again, funny, but it stops you when you hear (or read) that request without context. Okay, not sure what context I can give that one, though.

The last example stems from Cricket’s bathroom use. We had a bad run at the end of the school year where Cricket seemed to forget all of her training. One part of the recovery had Wife encouraging Cricket to hold her pee and walk herself to the bathroom. The other day when I commented that I had to use the toilet, Cricket, ever the helpful child, recommended, “remember Daddy, squeeze your vagina.” Ummm…yeah.

Out of the mouths of babes, eh? Kids say the darndest things, no? My Quotable Kid sits accessibly in our kitchen, just waiting to archive funny sayings like these. While I can’t buffer every quote with some sort of preface, they would spark some fun storytelling with the readers. Got any good quotes to share (Ha! – I know you do!)? Leave them in the comments below!

“Sweet Jokes”, 6/4/2018

Hello Friends,

Sweetie just wrapped up her Kindergarten year. Despite not being surrounded by like-minded comedians, she is still bringing the jokes. The latest example of her humor:

Sweetie: “What do you call a panda bear with no tail?”

Me: “Oohhh, I don’t know. What?”

Sweetie: “A useless panda.”

Me: “Huh. Hmmm.”

I am not sure this was an attempt at humor or just a stab at the Cricket. Her favorite animal is the panda bear and her favorite stuffed animal is her little panda bear, “BB” (thanks Buyo and Panda Express!). To be clear, BB does have a tail.

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This joke, along with a slew of others that were left on the editing table, sparked our conversation about the difference between “funny” and “silly”. Funny being genuinely humorous and silly being an attempt at humor that misses because it just went the wrong direction. Like the direction 5 and 6 year old children take…often.That is now a sort of litmus test during our joke brainstorming sessions. It seemed the easiest way to tell Sweetie that her jokes were not funny without crushing her spirit. Double-edged sword though, as she is not beyond telling me, “Dad, that was just silly, not funny,” when I reach too far for a laugh.

On that note, I think that wraps up our current Sweet Jokes series. If Sweetie comes out with something really funny in the future I will be sure to share though. I hope it has brought some smiles to you all out there. It’s been fun for us, and we’ve found that sometimes a little silly can be just as good as some funny.

 

“Sweet Jokes,” 5/28/2018

Hello Friends,

Just a little something to keep you smiling as we wrap up this long weekend.

Sweetie: “What did one eye say to the other?”

Me: “Hmmm, I don’t know. What?”

Sweetie: “Something in between us smells! Get it?!? Get it?”

Well, we hope you are enjoying the long weekend. As long as Sweetie keeps up her stand-up, I’ll keep sharing.

“Sweet Jokes”, 5/22/2018

Hello Friends,

bit of a busy start to the week, what with Wife out of town on business. It’s just the girls and I at home until Thursday, so my apologies that I didn’t get this out yesterday. Strangely enough, yesterday was another rainy Monday and ripe for a joke. But with this morning’s cloud cover I think it will work just fine for today too.

Sweetie: “What did one ocean say to the other ocean?”

Me: “Uhhmm, I don’t know. What?”

Sweetie: “Nothing, it just waved! Get it?!? Get it?”

I think this one came from her classroom, but she was so excited to tell the joke I knew it had to make a post. And there you have, hope it brought you a smile for today.

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Rando pic of Sweetie at the local lunchera

“Sweet Jokes”, 5/14/2018

Hello Friends,

The rain is coming down here in Chicago, which makes it a perfect time for a joke! This one came from the St. Viator Elementary School Peace Builder Talent Show (that’s a mouthfull). While the joke is not a Sweetie original, she loved it and has re-told it many times.

Sweetie: There’s a tray of muffins baking in the oven. One of the muffins turns to his neighbor and says, “Is it just me or is it really hot in here? The neighboring muffin stares back at him and yells, “AAGGHHH – a talking muffin!”

Me: “Huh…ha!”

Well, there you have it folks. I hope your week is starting off well. And if you’re around here, try to stay dry!