I have been thinking about what constitutes "funny" these days. This is just one of the questions that has been making me feel very old and out of date lately. My grandson is in a phase right now where he thinks it highly amusing to say "no" to every request. He says it, then grins, and does what was requested. But he starts with a blunt "No." "Could you please put your coat in the closet?" "No" "Do you think you could take those clothes down to your room?" "No." etc. etc. etc. Probably seven or eight times a day this happens. Now, it is not the worst thing in the world, especially since he goes on to do the thing he was asked to do. But it still grates each time. What annoys me most is that he truly thinks it is funny.
Step 1: Find some really good joke books.
Step 2: Tear out or cross out all the jokes that are based on cruelty or meaness.
Step 3: Memorize some of the best, funniest, guffaw-producing jokes that are left.
Step 4: SHARE them with everyone you can. Send them to me. [I'm going to try to collect some for Anything Can Happen Fridays.] Send them to others. Let's remind ourselves and our kids what good, clean, not-at-someone-else's-expense humor is. It's a thought.
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