Knock Knock... Who's There?
Sometimes I make jokes people just don’t get.
I recently made a comment on a Hub that I think may have been completely misconstrued. It was a satirical piece and I commented in like, but the reply I received was more of an “explanation” that appeared a little rude to me, considering. Then I re-read my comment and realized it wasn’t the author in the wrong, it was me. I understood why he didn’t “get” me and considered correcting/explaining to him, but then thought I might come off wrong—again—and decided sometimes it is better to let some things go, even if it does mean some people will think I’m an idiot. You see, online it is easy for people to not get my humor; I can be pretty dry and frequently will make tongue-in-cheek comments on top of it. About 60% of the time I just don’t translate online well.
Then later I’m sitting here staring at the computer and my husband asks what I’m trying to do. I told him I’m trying to come up with an original idea about Easter. He tells me I should just write about evil eggs. I should know better by now, but I ask, “Evil eggs?” He then goes into an explanation that we must be hiding eggs because they are evil and Jesus doesn’t want to see them. I’m summing up here. He has a corny sense of humor. He’s great at embarrassing our kids.
Later at night when I’m going to bed I tell him how our eight year old hid a stuffed dog when I went to tuck him into bed. The night before he was convinced the dog was making evil faces at him. No, I did not allow him to watch Poltergeist. We were joking we should dig the dog out and put it on his pillow for when he woke up and about the results that would ensue.
It made us laugh. It’s still making me laugh. A little twisted, but funny. You have to know the kid. Relax, we didn’t do it!
Anyhow, the whole thing got me thinking about humor.
Lack of a sense of humor can single problems such as forms of autism and schizophrenia. The ability to develop a sense of humor starts with a baby’s first smiles at around 3 weeks of age and the first laughs from being tickles a couple of months later. By 14-19 months old a child can distinguish between intentional and unintentional acts. I learned humor helps us deal with anxiety and pain. OK, yeah that’s great, but why do we have different types of humor?
Google has no answer. There are several types of humor listed and there are ways to develop different types of humor. There are ways to help encourage kids’ budding senses of humor. All this leads me to two things (1) we probably develop the humor that are parents helped instill in us and (2) Mark Twain was correct: "Studying humor is like dissecting a frog -- you may know a lot but you end up with a dead frog."