knock knock

We’re driving to the grandparents’ house for dinner:

“Daddy, say ‘Knock knock who’s there!'”

“Knock knock.”

“Who’s there.”

(pause)

Me: “Okay, you have to say ‘Knock, knock’, right?”

“Okay!”

(pause)

“Can you say it?”

“Okay, Daddy: Knock, knock!”

“Who’s there?”

“Um, ice cream!”

“Ice Cream who?”

[we’re passing through an intersection now]

“Ummmm . . . ice cream traffic light!”

(pause.  suppressed groan on my part)

“Daddy, say ‘Knock knock who’s there!'”

[repeat…]

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9 Responses to knock knock

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  2. Step says:

    Ah, yes. We are going through similar “joke” phases with our little ones. One of them learned the ‘cat’-alog joke, and proceeded to make variations such as dog-alog, cowalog, et cetera ad infinitum…

    It is amusing to see how their little minds try to put together a picture of the world that they can understand, and how anxious they are to participate in our world as best they can.

  3. Mike Souza says:

    Whaaaaaaaaa? You didn’t think the ice cream traffic light one was funny?!?! 😛

  4. Felix says:

    I thought that one was funny…hahaha

  5. Drew Thaler says:

    I don’t remember exactly how long that phase lasts, but it feels like forever. Have fun with it. 🙂

  6. Lisa E. says:

    I remember my little brother trying to figure out the knock knock joke. This included such gems as (substitute name of some friend of brother’s):

    Knock knock!
    Who’s there?
    Dad.
    Dad who?
    Dad Hacker!

    It seems like it ought to work, right? Humor is tricky.

  7. Mike says:

    9 year old daughter and 4 year old son here. Yep…been there. See it as flattery, they’re trying to emulate your coolness but they just don’t have it yet.

    The thing that always blows their mind is this:

    Them: Knock Knock!
    Me: Come in!
    Them: DAD! C’mon! Knock Knock!
    Me: Well come in already! C-o-m-e I-n!

  8. Josh Perry says:

    I must say that the ice cream one had me in stitches for hours 😛

  9. Brian says:

    Its really cute and endearing when we only have to hear the joke once, and don’t have to live through the endless variations while trapped in a car. I have to agree with Lisa E, humor is tricky. Why isn’t the same joke funny 37 times in a row? Is just not, I don’t know. Unfortunately that has to be learned through experience…

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