My daughter burps like a truck driver. She somehow lets out low, prolonged belches like it’s nobody’s business. She probably learned it from her big brother but even he can’t burp like she can. She is almost three. She stands on her tippy toes and tries to spin like a ballerina. She wears taffeta and adores rhinestones. She can also fart like an old man on a warm bench in July. She will suddenly fart, say “fart” and then chuckle like a self satisfied old man on a warm…… never mind, you get the picture.
I suppose admonishment is what is called for in these situations but secretly, I’m impressed. Her older brother is definitely impressed. Yeah, we insist she says, “Excuse me.” But, she also knows that every time she either farts or burps, our eyes will open wide and then a smile will follow and then a suppressed smile will follow after that. She’s got the world by the balls and she knows it.
Kids are good fun. If only we remember to laugh before we scold. I doubt my daughter will take her burping or farting beyond her middle school years. If she does, I may be risking the chance at future grandchildren or she marries a truck driver. I just hopes she never stops laughing. Even at her own jokes.
Her eight year old brother has an equally impressive talent that would offend good company. Here is his effeminate characterization of a fashionista:
“Oh. My. God. Look at my nails. They are sooooo glamorous.” Hand postured outwards, head tilted sideways, a dramatic roll of the eyes.
“Oh my goodness. Look at what I’m wearing. I’m sooooo perfect.” Swagger, provocative sideways shoulder glance. Flittering eyelids. Big flashy smile.
The flashy smile gets me every time. Only because eight year old boys are a toothy mixture of large adult teeth and awkward gaps where the adult teeth have yet to come in.
I lamely tried to copy my son’s antics one day when I was attempting to regale my friends with humorous stories about my children. Either my son is not as funny as I think he is or I’m not funny telling people how funny my son is because they gave those painful polite chuckles when your story has fallen flat but they are trying to humor you.
We have a family joke that we’ve been riffing on for a couple of years now. It starts off by someone directing serious attention at another person.
“Son, I have something very serious to tell you.” This is followed by son’s eyes getting wide and concerned looking.
Big sigh. “Okay, this is really hard to tell you.” Another big sigh. “I’m not sure if I should.” Kid’s eyes are starting to look scared now.
“What I’m about to say may shock you.” Look down. Pause. Kid has stopped breathing.
Look up with a slight twinkle in the eye. “I LOVE YOU.” Big grin. Kids exhales a huge sigh of relief and then gives you a crazy smile.
We randomly initiate these exchanges whenever the mood hits us, trying to fool the person so they don’t catch on the I Love You bit is coming. My son loves it and likes to parlay off of me and his father. His little sister caught on to the concept this year except she can’t keep a straight face yet. She does a lot of sighing while she’s trying to suppress a huge grin. When we’ve all forgotten to play the I LOVE YOU game for awhile, it’s really fun to remember to trick someone you love.
I realize this type of humor has a shelf life along with flaxen haired dolls and G rated movies. But, right now, it is pretty awesome. Take that Jon Stewart and Amy Schumer.