It seemed like everyone was getting in the Dad jokes this year. I starting hearing them last week, bandied about on radio programs, used in email contests, and, of course, enjoyed between Fathers in preparation for the big day. The Cricket latched on to a particularly “good” one, so here goes:
“What do you call a bear with no teeth?”
“A gummy bear!”
Even better than the joke itself is Cricket’s delivery. She doesn’t always wait for the “What?” after the opening question, and rapid fires the punchline at you. Of course, she’s cracking up regardless of your response.
I hope that the weekend, especially yesterday, was excellent, and that this week is starting off well too. Stay away from those real “groaner” jokes, but stay open to the funny ones!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rando pic of Sweetie at the local lunchera
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!”
Well, there you have it folks. I hope your week is starting off well. And if you’re around here, try to stay dry!
I warned you that I would keep sharing, so here’s another gut-buster from the older daughter.
Sweetie: “What is a tissue’s favorite dance?”
Me: “Ummm, dunno.”
Sweetie: “The boogie boogie! Get it?!?”
It’s the small joys sometimes, folks, the small joys.
I’ve read in other blogs about children developing their sense of humor during their kindergarten year. Now I’m living it.
Earlier this year Sweetie started coming out with a variety of jokes. And to be fair, they were the quality you would expect from a 5-year-old. Lately, she’s been cracking me up, so I decided to share. Here’s tonight’s gem:
Sweetie: “What do you call a dragon that sneezes?”
Me: “Uh, dunno.”
Sweetie: “A dragon-orama!”
And with that she burst into laughter – killin’ it.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Oh, and no worries, I’ll keep sharing!