Why are Grandchildren so Much Funnier than their parents?
Grammie to turn on the water and give it a try Granpa." I am
working at my computer in my office when the confident order from my 4
year old grandson is pronounced. I start to rise from my
chair when it dawns on me that Sam may not have the authority to blurt
out such a bold command.
plumber is working to unplug a clogged drain from a clean out in the
basement. I look at Sam seriously and ask, "Did the Plumber
man say to turn on the water? "No Granpa" but I know how to
where in heaven's great creation Sam got this confidence in his
plumbing skills is baffling. There are only
generations of farmers, carpenters, teachers and general laborers in
Sam's lineage. Sam was convinced last week when the sink was
clogged that he could fix it. Sometimes Sam is so focused on
being able to fix soomething that his confident voice startles me and I
think, "OK, let Sam give it a try." Then I remember
that Sam is only four years old and will not be able to even hold a
wrench even if he could diagnose a problem.
being jerked back to reality it dawned on me this litle guy with all
the confidence in the world could not even hold onto a pipe wrench for
more than a few seconds. When I get this visual picture of
Sam playing plummer suddenly it becomes very funny. I do my
best not to laugh hysterically but I do later have a good time telling
the story to Grammie.
think the primary reason Grandparents find their grandchildren so much
funniier is that we are available to listen to almost everything.
Maybe my children were also funny but I was usually too busy
dealing with a myriad of other things to really notice. When
I am with my grandchildren I am in a listening mode. I am
thankful that I get to be around them and enjoy the whimsical moments.
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