My six-year old son is without a doubt the funniest person I know. His sense of humor seems to be unusually evolved for his age and always has been. He never seems to run out of material and is always at it. Unfortunately, because he's always in his mode, many of his antics can be very ill-timed.
I know all too well how difficult it can be to appreciate a face full of permanent marker the day before school pictures. I've learned to be wary of a 3-year old who smirks when he offers you a cup of "water" and to question its contents if you don't want to drink urine. I've learned that it's ok to laugh at a naked 4-year old who is covered with stickers, even if it is going to be an ordeal pulling them all off such delicate skin. I've learned that underwear on heads IS funny, taking pictures will usually not come out as I intend, and to be warned when allowing said individual to wander off alone with a camcorder or camera. I've also learned from daily experience that when the school bus is about to arrive and there are ten other things to do, he will not focus but will instead be shaking his booty, rambling loudly, showing his bottom, or anything else -- because we are in a rush.
The fact of the matter is, is that while all this is funny, there's a time and place. The time is not when everyone is stressing to get out of the door. It's not the day before school portraits for permanent markers on the face (or any day). Life is busy, there's no time to pull stickers off of delicate parts...right?
Thought of the Day: We are never too busy to take time to laugh. Humor at stressful times is a gift, it's a delivery of reality when we need it the most. Portraits will be fine with permanent marker, stickers are ok, booty shaking is ok. Without the urine story, what would we tell all his future dates to embarrass him when he's older? Take time to appreciate the humor that is before you. Always make time for laughter. Lighten up! Life is too short to take so seriously!
Have a great day!