Kids have a funny sense of humor. As infants, anything from jingling car keys to tapping a soda can on the counter can elicit full-blown belly laughs. Then they grow up and start to hear jokes. They laugh when adults laugh, or when their siblings laugh. They know the words were funny, but don't always understand why.
This is most apparent when they try to make up jokes on their own.
This doesn't always work with the intended degree of success. I find myself laughing at my kids' jokes, but not in a "Wow that's funny" way. More in a "Where the heck did THAT come from?" way.
Here's an example. It's a simple knock-knock joke my five-year-old told me recently. It's spent two weeks on a post-it note on my desk, awaiting its turn here on Ye Olde Blogge:
ME: Who's there?
SON: Working out.
ME: Working out who?
SON: Working out at the place you work at.
SON: (Belly laugh).
So I end up laughing at his laughter, and he thinks his joke was a screaming success and tries to come up with more. It's a self-perpetuating cycle ripe with a mixture of delight and confusion. I'm sure I'll have more examples in the future, please stay tuned...