Category Archives: But Dean is the funniest

I’m also generous about setting others up for a punch line

I say to Dean, “You know, it still surprises me when I can make people laugh, in person. I guess when I was younger most people, other than my family, didn’t know I had that side to me. But now … Continue reading

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Fulled of it

If we ask 2-year-old Hazel if she wants more food, and she doesn’t, she’ll shout, “No! I’m fulled of it!” We always have to nod and agree that, yes, Hazel is surely fulled of it. — Earlier today Hazel was … Continue reading

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The slap-happy hour

Mabel: “Can I stay up and watch the rest of Downton Abbey that we recorded?” Zina: “No.” Dean: “Do you have homework?” Mabel: “No. I did my homework.” Dean: “Then go to bed.” Dean cackles. Zina: “Why did you just … Continue reading

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Mabel says my sense of humor is like Mother Gothel’s in Tangled

I told the kids, “Hey, did you know when I was a kid my mom dared me to eat a tablespoon of vinegar, and I did? I didn’t even mind much. It made me pucker, but I just went slow. … Continue reading

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We think we’re funny

Since the beginning of 5th grade, Mabel’s been attending an accelerated program at a magnet school. She has always enjoyed the program, but missed our neighborhood school and felt more loyal to it than to her new school. Tonight, though, … Continue reading

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Silly kids come from silly parents

We’re standing in the bathroom in front of the mirror. I’m braiding Mabel’s hair while Dean brushes his. Mabel sighs. “Braids are so cool, and beautiful. Whoever invented braids was one smart guy. Or probably one smart girl.” Dean says, … Continue reading

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Helpful

Now that Ike is old enough to go to church dances, we were giving him a little coaching on how to survive the trauma. Dean showed him the correct posture for slow dancing, and I said, “Then you ask her, … Continue reading

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