Wednesday, May 18, 2016

When life gives you lemons, tell knock-knock jokes

My mood last night was of the grouchy variety. Sabrina seemed to have maybe possibly sprained a leg muscle but she wasn't sure. The baby went to sleep at around six, then proceeded to wake up four times afterward. I had work to do. Our sprinkler had been randomly going off all day long and the gardener guy never showed up to look at it. Dave was away on business so I'd be doing the late-night feeding (Ben has a bottle around midnight) and early morning shift (he wakes up at 5:30 a.m.), and I was already exhausted. #poorme

Max, he of the sky-high Emotional Intelligence, watched me prepare his evening snack: mashed banana, with a dash of powdered meds.

"Knock knock!" he said.

"Who's there?" I asked, dutifully.


"Ice-cream who?"

"Ice-cream fire truck!" he said, and cracked himself up.

I had to smile. 

So then I tried that classic knock-knock joke on him. I'm pretty sure I have before, but I don't think he ever got it. 

Knock knock!/Who's there?/Banana!/Banana who?

Knock knock!/Who's there?/Banana!/Banana who?

Knock knock!/Who's there?/Banana!/Banana who? 

Knock knock!/Who's there?/Orange!/Orange who?/Orange you glad I didn't say banana?!

Max cackled. And then, he repeated it back to me.

Just lack that, the grumpiness evaporated.

So then I had to tell him those other two standards:

Knock knock!/Who's there?/Olive!/Olive who?/ Olive you!

Knock knock!/Who's there?/Boo!/Boo who?/Don't cry!

And this one, shared by a kid in my Girl Scout troop:

Knock knock!/Who's there?/Interrupting cow!/Interrup..../MOOOOOOOOOOO!

I was killing him. But what I loved most was that he repeated each joke back to me, as if he was testing it out to see if he could tell it.

He could. And his timing was perfect.

I promised him we'd put them on his iPad speech app so he could tell them at school. 

There was one more I made up:

Knock knock!

Who's there?

Tired Mommy!

Tired Mommy who?


He found that one a lot funnier than I did.


  1. Haha, that's awesome. My goofy kids have a way of breaking through any adult grumpiness too. With this post, Max put a smile on my face too!

    1. I should note that Sabrina and Ben have the power to cheer me up, too!

  2. This instantly made me smile. Thank you for lessening my anxiety a little this day.

  3. :-). Yesterday I was just missing the smile i get from my "Love that Max" and family fix; Selfishly love to see you back and making me smile, even though you were grouchy and tired and dealing with business trips and late night feeding.


Thanks for sharing!

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