Sometimes I think I’m funny.
Then I read Chase McFadden’s blog, Some Species Eat Their Young, and think he’s funny.
Then I come across some writing by my kids or someone else’s kids and think they’re funny. Because they are. And, while Chase and I try to be funny (sometimes too hard), kids do this naturally, like little poets seeing their world through Groucho Marx glasses.
Take the manifesto Chase’s son wrote to the Easter Bunny. That was funny. I mean, the first 28 items were funny, but by number 83, the note was downright hilarious.
Take Vivian’s note that she left for me on our front door: “Dear Mom. You have been gone for a long time. I have no mommy.” That was funny, if you’re okay with laughing at abandoned children.
Put these ideas together and you get a new website that Chase and I are starting that features pictures of the humorous stuff kids write, intentional or not. We want to showcase the natural humorists among us.
THE ROLE YOU PLAY
We need you to send us photographs of notes, cards, letters, or stories that kids have written that are funny. Or could be perceived as humorous. They can be current (scribbled yesterday) or ancient (pulled from the preschool file).
Just email the photo, the child’s initials, and his/her age at the time of writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every person who sends us an entry by Thursday, May 5 will be entered to win a Starbuck’s gift card, lovingly stuffed into an envelope by either Chase or me. Nothing says we love you like a piece of plastic that can buy you a latte.
You say you have no funny notes or letters or stories? Well, Mother’s Day is around the corner. Grab a kid near you and give him or her this prompt:
Go do it. Help us showcase the real humorists.