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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

She Is Delightful

When Jane and I got in the car to run an errand tonight, some very odd techno/classical/jazz (?) was on the radio. I tuned it to the classical station. Jane said, "We could turn the radio off and listen to the beautiful music of  [makes her two hands into little mouths facing each other]  . . .  chit-chat!"

On the way home, she said, "Mom, tell me the funniest thing I don't already know." And thus I came to introduce her to Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey.

I don't know which was cuter, the way she giggled uncontrollably, or the way she would explain to me why they were funny.

Some of the old favorites I was able to remember and share with her:
"If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason."
"It's sad when a family can be torn apart by something as simple as a pack of wild dogs."
"Children need encouragement. If a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way he develops a good, lucky feeling."
After I told her that last one, she said, through her giggles, "It would feel good to think you were lucky, but not as good as to know you knew the answer."

Jane, in the Alice the Fairy costume she put together for
"Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day" at school.

             (Alice the Fairy)


Anonymous said...

That is a great costume!

The tree one is, as you may know, my very favorite ever. And we were just quoting the pack of wild dogs one the other day (I don't remember why).

I also like the one that goes something like, "I always carry a couple of bags around with me. If someone asks me to do something, I can say, 'Got these bags.'" (I quote that one all the time.)

Lili said...

Ah, I love it :)

Pilcrow said...

Thanks you, so, so much. Oh, too good.

Jason said...

I especially like the pantomime for chit-chat.

Tracy Hall Jr said...

Nice costume, but the teeth need some work.

I'm glad you like to chit chat with my granddaughter.

American Yak said...

Having just watched "Up" again, I'm in an especially sensitive mood, and this just added to it 10 fold. Love you two.

melissa said...

What a sweet daughter. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Anonymous said...

Those jack handey lines crack me up.

"I don't think I'm alone when I say I'd like to see more and more planets fall under the ruthless dominion of our solar system."