Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I never meant for this to happen

You know how dads can be.

They introduce your sweet, darling, feminine little girls to Daddy Humor. And from that time on, your life as a mother is never quite the same. Oh, it's just as good, your life is. And in many ways, it's so much better with each passing year. Marriage gets better, mothering gets better ... everything really does get better.

There's just one, teeny, tiny thorn in your side. Such a little thing, really, hardly worth mentioning. You don't like to pick on Daddy Humor, because it seems to be such a bonding thing between Daddy and the kids. But, ummm ... well, you would never have chosen to watch that particular show with the kids, would you? Or to make a joke about that?

You may fill in your own blanks regarding just how Daddy the humor is, but here's a recent example from our house.

I sat down at the computer and found this on the desktop:

Ramona approached, and said, "Who's that?"

I said, "I don't know. Daddy did it. I think it's a Stooge. "

At this point, Betsy showed up behind me, took one quick glance and said:

"Yup. That's Curly."

Just like that.

"That's Curly."

A mother labors and labors to shield her children from certain horrid realities of this world, but when Daddy Humor raises its powerful, snickering head, there's only so much that a helpless mom can do.

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.


Suzanne Temple said...

When it happens around here I suddenly feel very out of place, like I'm crashing some batchelor party in my own home. It's nice to know it happens in homes with daughters as well. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck indeed!

Leticia said...

Thanks for this post, I thought we were the only family who quotes the Marx Brothers! This is normal!

Matilda said...

How do you think my kids found out about Weird Al and the Smothers Brothers?

I can tolerate Tom and Dick, but Al....

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Very funny, Karen!

So glad to know I'm not alone!

Ambrose said...

I still have wonderful memories of watching Abbott and Costello with my dad after Mass every Sunday when I was a little girl.
Don't worry...they'll outgrow it and then someday impress their husband-to-be with their appreciation of it.

Kristen Laurence said...

I don't believe it. I posted about daddy-humor on the same day you did! Too funny.

Karen E. said...

Too funny!