Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wanna do a joke?

Okay, so this post has nothing whatsoever to do with ballet, but I was looking for a picture of Teensy and her best friend, Selena. Then, because Teensy's eyes were closed (again!) I felt I should post a picture of her with them open. So, there you go--two ballet photos to go with a nonballet post.

So, Marlee and Selena are three years old and totally best friends. They are together a couple of days a week and truly miss each other on the days they spend apart. Like many good friends, they have their personality differences. Selena is very easy-going and Teensy is the bossiest bit of goods you'd ever care to meet. Somehow, Selena does not mind this and they get along famously (for the most part).

The other day they were playing in the basement while I was folding laundry and I witnessed this exchange between my older (by 3 days) and wiser (in her own mind, to be sure) daughter and her sweet little friend.

Marlee: Hey, Selena...wanna do a joke?

Selena: Ok!

Marlee: Knock! Knock!

Selena: Come in!

Marlee: No! You're supposed to say,"Who's there?!"

Selena (nodding): Oh.

Marlee: Knock! Knock!

Selena: Who is it?

Marlee (exasperated sigh): Carrot

Selena: Oh, hi, Carrot. Do you wanna come in?

Marlee: No! You say, "Carrot who?!"

Selena (nodding): Oh.

And Marlee started the whole joke over. She started the Carrot joke like three times before moving on to Banana and eventually gave up without ever having successfully delivered a punch line. It was just so funny to listen to. My Teensy was so frustrated with her friend and tried so hard to teach her the whole "Knock! Knock!" joke concept and Selena just had all the patience in the world to try it over and over again. She never lost her cool that she wasn't pleasing her bossy best friend. Eventually, they saw that it wasn't working, so they moved on to a different activity. They seriously just crack me up.


The Jensen Family said...

That is so cute. I can't believe how fast Marlee has grown up. She is so cute. Just like your others.

The Hanners Family said...

Marlee is adorable! That exchange sounds strangely familiar . . . My kids also love to tell knock-knock jokes, and have yet to catch on to the point of them. It is so cute (at least for the first 5 minutes)!

Anonymous said...

Mendy, your children definitely have a way with words. Ted laughed very hard at this one.


Corinne said...

I love that story. Xavey has a hard time with the knock knock joke concept too - but so funny!

The Tidwell Family said...

I bet you were trying not to laugh! So cute.

They sound like a perfect match!

Jenni said...

There is nothing better than kid knock knock jokes!! Marlee is just the cutest and funniest little girl!! I can just imagine the scene w/ her and Selena and it cracks me up!! :)

Cami said...

Awesome! Poor little Marlee. Jefferson has the same frustrations with Ethan--just never get him to do what he wants.

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