Every now and then you get to experience a moment, a moment that stands out and makes it all worth while. Last night at the dinner table, we had a moment like that, and it was all because of a fart!……
Sitting around the table our soon to be four-year-old attempted to make a joke. Someone must have told her a knock-knock joke, and she was unsuccessfully trying to copy it. She was saying “who’s there” and then responded with gibberish names like “boobobodu”, amusing herself greatly along the way! Despite her amusement, my husband decided to teach her how to tell a real joke.
This lesson in how-to-tell-a-knock-knock-joke was quite entertaining. He was delivering the information in a very pedagogic manner, but she was in no way picking up on it. “Okay so I say knock knock, and then you say who’s there“….”knock knock“……. nothing! “When I say knock knock, then you have to ask me who’s there….”knock knock” ….. nothing! You could almost hear the crickets! He tried to clarify and explain in various others ways, but it was just not going to happen!
Not about to give up on her sense of humor, he decides to persevere. Maybe she needs to see the joke executed to understand it? And so I take over the part of responding to the knock knock. Quite proud of himself, he tells the only knock-knock joke he knows (something about a banana and an orange). The punchline hits, and … nothing! The crickets are louder than ever! Determined to make her laugh, he gets out his iPhone, and starts searching the internet for better ones. He delivers one knock-knock joke after the other – she not so much as raises an eyebrow! Her facial expression is much like the one of a bored teenager. I suggest he finds one with farts or poop. He ignores my request, probably hoping he can make her laugh at something slightly more substantial, but finally, in the lieu of nothing else working, he gives in…..
” Knock knock”
” who’s there”
” interrupting Fart” (already at this point her eyes widen and she starts giggling)
” Interrupting fart……”
” prrrrrrrrfffffffffttt!!!!” (loud fart noise)
She’s in tears! She’s holding her belly with laughter! Looking back and forth between the two of us, making sure we also realize just how incredibly funny this is! Her laughter gets us going, and now we’re all laughing – including middle-child, who has no idea why, but starts laughing along from her high chair.
And then it happens, it gets even funnier! All the laughing makes her squeeze out a real fart! A perfectly loud vibrating fart! She’s now falling of her chair laughing! And we’re right there with her! I have water spitting out of my nose and my husband is wiping tears from his eyes. It’s the most mindless, simple and silly thing to be in tears over, but that doesn’t matter – It’s perfect!
Family life is busy. Every day is filled with routines, appointments, obligations, places to be and people to see. At times it’s easy to get lost in it all. The day will pass, and I don’t remember what I did that morning. Meals will be served, and I have no recollection of what we talked about.The hours and the minutes just came and went. Last night I remember exactly what we talked about and I giggle at the thought of the laughter we filled those minutes with!
In that moment we were truly present with one-another. Our minds weren’t on the next days routines or on making sure the kids finished their broccoli. All minds were on the hilariousness that was a fart! You can not fabricate a moment like that. It was a simple week day, we were eating leftovers, it was an effortless situation - it was priceless! And it makes everything else worth while!