Some parenting vignettes:
(Wailing from upstairs)
PARENT: What happened?
CHILD 1: (Wails) He hit me!
PARENT, to CHILD 2: Did you hit him?
CHILD 2: (In a scandalized voice) I did not hit him! (In normal tones) I sat on him.
PARENT, to CHILD 3: Where are your pants?
CHILD 3: In the kitchen.
PARENT: Why are they in the kitchen?
CHILD 3: Ummmm. I don’t know.
On a different day,
PARENT, to CHILD 3: Where are your pants??
CHILD 3: Ummmm. Over dere.
PARENT: Why are they not on?
CHILD 3: Ummmm. (Picks up pants.) Can you help me?
On a recent birthday
PARENT: Well, how does it feel to be another year older?
CHILD: (Considers) Some of my fingers are hot. These four, on my left hand.
Oh my, if only I could remember the many similar vignettes. They say that parenting keeps you young – maybe it’s because it keeps you laughing.