I am beginning to realise that telling jokes is not something that comes naturally to little children and humour is learned over the next few years, as their grasp of language and the play on words increases.
Telling jokes in our house is funny, but not always for the right reasons. Daughter and Son learn one or two jokes by heart, and are then very keen to know more, so make them up. An example is Q: “why did the zebra cross the road?” Ans: “he wanted to cross the road”. Or they get the words a little muddled, such as Q: “what did the eggs talk about” Ans: “let’s get cracking”.
At the moment I certainly find it quite amusing, and try to suggest words when it’s not quite right, such as Q: “what did one egg say to the other egg?” Ans: “let’s get cracking”.
At some point we will have to admit that actually, it’s just not funny. However, we will continue to laugh at the right time and make subtle suggestions at other times, for the time being. Maybe we need to invest in a couple of jokes books, once they are both reading – not long now.
As I am not someone who remembers loads of jokes, and we have not bought the joke books yet, here’s a simple one from me – Q”What did the 8 (eight) say to the 0 (zero)”? Ans: “nice belt”.