On the way to tae kwon do yesterday, Mister Man was reading his Boys Life magazine and telling me the jokes within it. Some of them I figured out on my own, and some needed a little prompting from Mister Man before I figured out the punchline.
Q: Where does a seashell put his money?
A: In a riverbank (I got that one)
Q: What do you call a giraffe in the middle of the road?
A: A giraffic jam (he had to give me the answer. I would never in a million years have gotten that one)
Q: What did the fruit tree say to the farmer?
A: Stop picking on me (yeah, he had to give me the answer to that one, too)
Q: Why did Little Miss Muffet push Humpty Dumpty off the wall?
Me: Ummm, I have on idea.
Mister Man: Because he got in her way.
Me: Ohhhhh that’s funny. I like it.
Mister Man: It’s not funny.
Me: Yes, it is. Why do you say it isn’t funny?
Mister Man: Well, who care if he got in her way. I don’t get it.
Me: Because he got. in. her. WHEY. Way. Whey. Get it?
Mister Man: (Puzzled look)
Me: Ok, so you know that Little Miss Muffet is a nursery rhyme, right?
Mister Man: Uh-huh.
Me: Ok, so say it for me.
Mister Man: Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating some butter and bread. Along came a spider and sat down ….
Me: WAIT! What did you just say?
Mister Man: Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating some butter and bread –
Me: Stop. Did Grandma teach you this nursery rhyme?
Mister Man: Yes…
Yeah, well, that explains a lot. He now gets the joke. And he now knows the right version of the nursery rhyme. One day I’ll get my mom on video singing a song or reciting a poem. I’m still trying to figure out how she graduated.