My 4 3/4 year old daughter Jujubee is SO funny. 🙂
JJ and I have seen her born-comedienne-ness for a while, but there are plenty of times when we are re-reminded of just how funny she is – and how strong her innate drive to BE funny runs.
She is so good at funny faces, funny rhyming words, funny gestures, and funny expressions that she often keeps the three of us – me, JJ, and Lyd – helplessly laughing during mealtimes. She also knows when she’s got a good joke going, and she keeps a straight face while she attempts to build on the joke. Sometimes her attempts are not particularly successful, but she is so committed to her joke that it still keeps us laughing anyway.
It’s been at least a year since we first realized that Jujubee had this inherent desire to be funny. At first we thought she just had a good sense of humor, but as time went on, we realized it was more than that. We realized that, to some degree, this has to be genetic, that it was nature, not nurture. It didn’t take us too long to realize that it probably came from JJ’s mother, who was a big practical jokster in her younger days. His mom was known for making silly rhymes, jokes, and for just being an all-around Very Funny Lady. JJ and I decided that Jujubee must have inherited her desire to be funny from her grandmother.
It truly is innate. Jujubee’s desire to keep a joke going, to build on a joke, and the fact that she gets so much personal delight out of making the rest of us laugh is something that we never taught her. That desire is pure Jujubee.
So, it was no surprise that yesterday at lunch, as I stopped laughing long enough to say, “That’s enough Jujubee. Time to eat your lunch,” that she responded, “But I want to make people laugh!”
Yes, she sure does.