One of my favorite parts of fatherhood is hearing Jason laugh. Fortunately for me, he laughs a lot. He laughs in the bath, he laughs in the car, he laughs at the dinner table. It's not all laughs, of course, he talks and whines and yells and cries, too. But the great thing is that no matter how worked up he might get, he's never too far from laughing again.
Interestingly, Jason seems to have started developing a real sense of humor lately as well. He learned the word "funny" a week or two ago and since then whenever he finds something amusing he not only laughs but also announces loudly that it's funny. More than that, he also understands "not funny." And when you stop and think about it, it's kind of amazing that a person so young and inexperienced with the world can grasp such a slippery concept. Or maybe it's not. After all, most people can discern whether or not something is funny, even if we can't explain why.
As much as I'm fascinated by Jason's continued development, there is one small down side. An example from a car ride this past weekend is illustrative:
Jason: (laughs) Mommy funny!
Juliette: (laughs) Is Mommy funny?
Me: Is Daddy funny?
Story of my life...
Yeah, what's with that? You need to step up the funny for your kid!