Friday, August 5, 2011

The Humor of Boys

Well, specifically the humor of MY boys.  Let’s just get this out there, I simply don’t get it.

Big T and Sweet Pea are at the age where they like to tell jokes, but they aren’t quite at the age yet where they understand that the joke has to make sense in order for it to be funny.  I laugh along with them because I of course don’t want to hurt their feelings…what kind of mom do you think I am anyway?  But even more to the point, the way they act when they think they are funny, IS what’s funny.  Not the joke itself.  Most of the time I’m thinking in my head “whaa?...wait…huh??  Like this one.

Did someone say launch…or lunch?  BWAHHH HA HAAAA

Or this:

Knock, knock…who’s there…I don’t know, who?...I don’t know who, who?  I don’t know, mommy…who’s there?  Ummmmm….

Then they finally get one that can actually be defined as a joke:

What do you get when you cross a Crocodile with a Rooster?  A Crock-a-doodle-doo!

BA-DUM-DUM

Then there is the physical humor.  What it the world makes pushing, kicking, and falling down, so darn funny?  Why is it when Big T pins Sweet Pea to the floor they are both laughing in hysterics??  When someone accidentally gets hurt during some rough housing the tears last for seconds, then they start in again and the laughter resumes.  Why is spinning your brother around in the backyard like a boomerang--only to let him go so he goes ramming into the fence--humorous?

I couldn’t get out of this post without addressing the obvious.  The one thing that will have my boys laughing for hours and hours at a time…potty talk.  I am totally amazed at how much enjoyment the boys…ALL the boys in my house get out of potty talk.  Anything that has to do with the bathroom and what happens in there gets enough giggles and rolling on the floor hysterics to make any comedian jealous.  Doesn’t matter if the topic is air, liquid or solids…the hysterical tears of laughter just come barreling out of the boys in the house.  It never gets old for them, it is always funny, and I’m told that this kind of school boy humor will never go away. 

I…just…don’t…get…it! 

But I do know this, I absolutely LOVE watching and hearing them laugh! 

Do you understand your children’s humor?

23 comments:

Ronlyn said...

Does farting fall under the potty talk category? Because...yeah. You and me girlfriend: drinks some night without the testosterone...

Hopes said...

I do believe that farting falls into the "air" category. I am ready for a girls night out, any time!!! It's definitely time to fill the estrogen tank!

Optimistic Mom said...

My son and husband get a kick out of potty talk too! Seriously? What is funny about it?
I don't always get my son's humor either, but sometimes his laugh cracks me up. So I just go along with it.

Hopes said...

Optimistic Mom,

I SO wish I had the answer to that!! I mean, what is so funny about the potty talk? And more to the point, do you have to carry the Y chromosome to get it?

Yes, the laughter of a child is infectious isn't it? I would love to bottle it up!!

deborah-bryan.com said...

My son is only 22mo at this point, but he does laugh uproariously at . . . how better to describe it than "?"

"Fiper" (Swiper from Dora) is apparently very funny to him. He'll babble, then say, "Fiper funny!" and laugh for a couple minutes while I wonder what the heck has just happened. I'd hoped this was something we'd grow out of as his language abilities developed, but . . . perhaps not!

Stasha said...

As I was reading your post and you posed the question I thought of leaving you a comment saying I don't get it at all either but love listening to my son laugh anyway. And then you said that very same thing. Great mind, you and I.

Hopes said...

Deborah,

Wecome! Thanks for coming by and commenting! Boys and all things body oriented is just one big laugh fest.

Hopes said...

Stasha,

It really doesn't matter what they are laughing about does it? So long as they are laughing. I simply cannot help but join in when I hear them.

Natalie said...

Ha ha oh boys! They are too funny! I am thinking that I'm going to have all boys so I see what my future will be like. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

Hopes said...

Natalie,

Having all boys is definitely an adventure. Stick around, we can support eachother!

mom2kiddos said...

Haha...good one! My kids go hysterical over bowel movements and passing gas as well. I don't care what they laugh at, I just enjoy watching them laugh. And sometimes (most times) even when I don't get it, I laugh, laughing at them!!

Hopes said...

mom2kiddos,

It's amazing isn't it? The passing gas one especially! Hearing them laugh is so much better than hearing them whine, complain, scream, or cry that's for sure!

I'm Jennifer. said...

Now that my boys are 5 and 7, they are finally starting to "get" humor and tell jokes that make sense. But I did have to go through years of knock-knock jokes that made absolutely no sense. One that my 5YO would repeat, over and over: Knock knock. (Who's there?) Pineapple. (Pineapple who?) Pineapple eating a pizza!
Ummm...

Hopes said...

I'm Jennifer,

Welcome and thanks so much for stopping by my little blog and commenting! My older two boys are 8 and 5 and I would say they tell one joke out of five that makes sense, the rest are just sillyness. The pineapple joke is too cute!

Come and visit again soon!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I love to hear my kids laughing. And potty talk is big at our house too. I tried to ban it once, but somehow the fact that my kids weren't suppose to do it made it even funnier. :)

Hopes said...

Grumpy Grateful Mom,

I'm so honored you stopped by my little space here in the blogosphere! Welcome!

I totally learned the hard way that telling them not to use potty talk makes it so much more interesting and prevalent. I completely agree with you.

Hope to see you again soon!

Jessica said...

I rarely understand my daughter's humor. Even after she tries to explain it over and over for me.

Mom of 12 said...

My 17-year-old son is autistic. He is always telling me jokes that don't make any sense and then asking me, "Is that funny?" At least I get to veto the ones that aren't! Maybe you should try something like that at your house.
Sandy
www.twelvemakesadozen.blogspot.com

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Jessica,

It's like we have to be inducted into their own secret funny society isn't it??

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Mom of 12,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to come over and comment on my itty bitty blog!

I think you have a great thing going there. Your son sounds adorable! Now, if I could only get my children to ask me "Is that funny?" I would be set!

Hope you come back and visit again soon. Off to check out your blog! :o)

Mary Frances S. said...

So funny! My 7 month old isn't there yet, but not too long from now, I'm guessing!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Mary Frances S.

Welcome, and thank you for stopping by! I would definitely recommend getting video of their original humor. It's fun to go back and watch!

Come back and visit again soon!

Joni said...

Love, air, liquid or solid! Lol! Mine are at the same point! It's too funny! Glad to see all your followers! Told you it wouldn't just be me!