For the longest time, Lovebug didn’t understand humor. She is *extremely* literal. She didn’t understand figures of speech like “I’m going to get on the computer" – she’d say, “Why are you going to get ON the computer, it could break”. She didn’t think jokes were funny because she’d spend so much time trying to figure out the literal meaning of the joke, that the moment was lost.
The last year or so, it’s finally clicked and she is funny! She loves to read jokes, and even tries to make up her own jokes. Of course, her telling the joke is often more funny than the joke she made up, but it’s hilarious to hear her try.
Q. Why did the chicken cross the road?
A. To get to the elephant!
I don’t get it, but she’s so cute and she cracks herself up, and THAT is funny!
Lately she has really enjoyed reading joke books, and I have to say that she’s much better at remembering them than I am. But she doesn’t just TELL the joke. She EXPLAINS the joke. Once again, that part is even more funny than the joke itself. It’s like she thinks you won’t get it, so she just keeps on explaining it until you say “Ok, I got it!”
Today, this is how it went:
Lovebug: “I have a joke for you! How many paws does a bear have?”
Me: “Ummm, 4?”
L: “One. One Pa, and one Ma”
Me: “That’s good!” (lots of laughs)
L: (continues) “Get it? Pa? Like his dad! He has one dad and one mom. He has 4 paws, but this is Pa like his DAD, you know because Pa means Dad.”
Me: “Yep! I get it, that’s why I’m laughing!”