I Get It. I Got It. Really. Truly.

“Do you get it?”

“Yep, I got it alright! It’s pretty darn funny!”

“No, I mean did you really get it? How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep? You rock-et (laugh, laugh, laugh)! You know instead of ROCKET, it’s rock-et. Like you’re rocking a baby in a rocking chair. Are you sure you get it?”

“Honey, I really get it. Really. Truly. I totally understand it. It’s so funny. If I could slap my knee any harder it would fall off. The thing I don’t get though is who on earth would put a clearance on a baby to go in outer space. That part doesn’t make any sense to me.”

“Well, maybe it’s dad who is a real astronaut couldn’t find a babysitter so he had to bring his baby to work with him.”

“Yeah, maybe. That sounds about like my luck too.”

And this is how it is now. My 8 year old daughter “gets” jokes finally. I never thought this day would come. For the last two years she has checked out joke books at the library and I have had to explain every single joke and she still could not comprehend them.

Just 6 months ago while going through a knock-knock joke phase she would make up her own jokes. Her favorite was:

Knock, Knock

Who’s There?


Tigger who?



It doesn’t even make any sense. If I heard that joke once I must have heard it 5000 times and I had to do an obligatory laugh every time she told it. There were days that I often considered dunking my head in a bucket of boiling acid but I held out hope that this phase would soon pass. And it did.

For a fleeting moment I was happy when she finally started “getting” jokes. That is until she started explaining every single one to me and why they were funny. She does not have to tell me why an astronaut’s mid afternoon meal is called “launch” instead of lunch. I get it. It’s so hilarious; now pass me the bucket of boiling acid.

I really should just be content with this new stage. It’s sweet and innocent. It really doesn’t constitute much effort from me except for a hearty laugh every time to let her know “I got it. I really, really got it!”

Besides, I’m sure I’m going to really despise the next stage; the next stage when she “gets” jokes like: “When life gives you lemons, stick them in your bra.”

“Do you get it? Instead of making lemonade you stick them in your bra because your boobs are as flat as pancakes.”

Yep, I got it. Totally get it. It sure is funny. It’s actually Tiggerific!




58 responses

    • Hi Jackie! I actually might be lucky with Bency and bypass that stage. He finds this stuff so babyish. I found a joke a few months ago that I thought he would like, “What do you call a dinosaur that needs a bath? A stinkasaurus.” He looked at me and said, “That is the dumbest thing I ever heard.”

  1. My 6 year old daughter is in the “I’m going to tell jokes because they’re funny even though mine don’t make any sense” stage. Such as: “Knock knock. Who’s there? Peanut butter! Peanut butter who?” She then proceeds by asking if we get it. Of course we don’t get it! There is no punch line! I bet we hear this joke every single day & sorry, sweetheart… we still don’t get it.

  2. A real jokester that kid is. Put her on the stage.
    My younger son likes to be on a stage but tells jokes that make no sense. He just looks around the room and says something like why did the chair talk to the table and then come up with some response that makes no sense.
    So, bring me to the rocket stage.

    • ha ha! Who would have thought when we started out as parents we were going to wish for a rocket stage! Also, you are not going to believe this but I just did a search for chair/table jokes because I thought I had heard one before with my vast recent joke knowledge. I found one submitted by a kid that said, “Why did the chair talk to the table? The answer was “bench.” Do you think your son submitted that?!!! haha!

  3. I am laughing so hard because I can totally relate! Mikey is the same way! And then once he “gets” a joke, you MUST laugh hysterically every time you hear it. This includes when you watch a favorite show on repeat on a dvd or On Demand and the people on the show do “funny” things. EVERY TIME. “Mom, haha, did you see that? haha. wasn’t that funny? haha. why aren’t you laughing? aren’t you paying attention?” and so on and so forth! I do really like the lemons in the bra joke though. I may have to retell that one myself….and then explain it to someone πŸ™‚

  4. i went through this 3 times with my daughters and it doesn’t get any better (or worse depending on your perspective), but this too shall pass, and you really will look back on it fondly )

    • You are so right! What an ingenious idea! Also, I was like what cake? Then it finally dawned on me as I looked at the picture again! This was actually a cake I made for the kids last season for the Packer playoff game. They had to blow out the candles and yell “Go Pack Go!” That’s what Iris was actually saying in this picture!

  5. Speaking of jokes … your best one … and you didn’t even know it was a joke or how truly funny it was .. happened when you were about 4 years old when we had Bucky the Billie Goat !! You said, ” Mom .. Bucky sure has big light bulbs ! ” In reply, I said ” He sure does “, as I’m splitting a gut trying not to fall down laughing !! We never discussed this, but at what age did you figure out Billie Goats don’t have light bulbs ??

  6. I sure am lucky. I have a five year old who really REALLY likes jokes. He doesn’t get most of them, but he won’t re-tell them unless he DOES get them. (He is the child who never asked ‘why?’ but ‘how?’ instead!) I find it fascinating how many jokes he just *can’t* understand because he doesn’t have the right frame of reference – “What do you call a gorilla with a machine gun?….SIR!” is a big hit. “Why are there no aspirin in the jungle?…Because the paracetemol. (Parrots ate ’em all)” makes no sense to him at all. It probably makes no sense to anyone in the US, where different painkillers are used!

  7. Just wait until you get my age and you no longer get it & you’re ashamed to admit it!
    I actually wish I could go back in time…I’d cherish the boiling in acid moments a bit more cuz they’re too soon gone! Maybe that’s why we get a second chance with Grandkids??
    What did the buffalo say to his.kid when he left for college?
    Get it?
    PS…I remember your stage of jokes since it coincided with Ryan’s…trying to vie for the biggest laughs from Grandpa & Grandma Muller!

  8. My kisses used to make all the booboos go away when the boys were little…
    But I learned quickly with my 1st grandkid that a bandaid cured everything…none of those dumb kisses from Nana… they had to be the expensive cartoon bandaids!! (But I’ve noticed the 2nd kid got more plain old brown bandaids & the 3rd kid gets generic! Too bad there won’t be a 4th cuz that one would have to settle for dumb kisses!) LOL!

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