October 06, 2005

Head on Straight

My girls have a finely tuned sense of humor. They are especially keen at puns (Nathan, The Pun King, would be impressed), in both understanding and creating them. Being children, anything that has to do with the body or can elicit a squeal of disgust from their mother is quite satisfying, as well.

We recently purchased the book Parts by Tedd Arnold. The nameless, ping-pong-eyed boy is filled with angst over the deconstruction of his body. When some gray, gooey, unidentifiable object slips from his nose, he fears his brain is falling out. The lint in his navel? He's losing his stuffing. The girls found this book quite hysterical, so when we saw Even More Parts, we knew we had to get it. It ended up being a late night, so I set the book (along with several others) next to K's bed, intending to read them tonight before our chapter in Mary Poppins Comes Back.

K took some time to peruse her new literature this morning. After lunch she brought Even More Parts to me, telling me it was "hilarious." This time, Mr. Arnold explores those euphemisms that are often so puzzling to children. He accompanies the confusing idioms with amusing illustrations of the frantic, nameless, ping-pong-eyed boy imagining the literal effect of such sayings. We giggled over "I'm losing my mind," and " My nose is running." I turned the page and we laughed when the boy placed his screw-on arm and leg, complete with shod foot, onto the counter as the equally ping-pong-eyed cashier checked the drawer for change-- more arms and legs. Beneath the full-page illustrations are smaller ones with more bug-eyed cohorts enacting similar phrases, "I had to foot the bill," or "I had to pay through the nose." I paused as K then reached behind her, literally to her behind, screwed her face up and in pretended effort jerks her arm. She placed her fist in on the table, and opening it said, "I bet you my bottom dollar."

I fell to pieces laughing.

May I take a moment to say, I really, really, enjoy my kids?

Posted by Rae at October 6, 2005 01:31 PM

I am glad to hear you found PARTS! It is T's absolute favorite! I haven't gotten the second one yet but it sounds just as funny. Chad tries to read it to the boys but they complain because he dosen't do the funny voices like mommy. GEE I wonder where I could of learned to read to kids like that? haha. Thank-you!

Posted by: Sally at October 6, 2005 02:12 PM

Oh, that is too funny Rae; delightful!

Posted by: Altar Girl at October 6, 2005 03:02 PM

altar girl, don't you think it was PUNNY?

...yes, that was bad, sorry, it's the teacher-ness in my genes coming through.

K sounds like a treasure, Rae!

Posted by: amelie at October 6, 2005 03:17 PM

Texans use more euphemisms than most folks do. I highly suggest This Dog’ll Hunt by Wallace O. Chariton. It is a dictionary of Texisms. It will make you laugh.

Posted by: bigwhitehat at October 7, 2005 12:54 AM

AG- she is delightful.

amelie- you are too...funny ;)

BWT- I spent the first 16 years of my life quite near Texas. That sounds like an interesting book. I enjoy reading about colloquialisms.

Posted by: Rae at October 11, 2005 05:55 AM
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