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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-19 06:02
Subject: [child] Wit of the Child
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Tags:child, family, funny, personal
In the car yesterday, on the way to her grandparents' house for a pre-Christmas party.

jaylake: "You look good today."
the_child: "Dad, I always look good."

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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-12-19 17:36 (UTC)
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How lovely to see confidence in a teenaged girl. Speaks well of her upbringing. :)
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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-12-19 18:43 (UTC)
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Oh, so 13. I don't know whether to congratulate or condole.
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User: shaolingrrl
Date: 2010-12-20 03:31 (UTC)
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Think Geek has "Self-rescuing Princess" t-shirts. Got one for Amanda.
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User: cassiealexander
Date: 2010-12-20 07:06 (UTC)
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Haha. Truer words were never spoken! ;)
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2010-12-20 18:02 (UTC)
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That's what I'm missing. I have book-children at the age at which making elephant noises with a turtle puppet is funny, and at the age of incomprehensibly random knock-knock punchlines, and then there's a gap in ages; the next oldest is just now starting to understand XKCD more often than not.

I miss the Age of Comic Timing and Comebacks. If I wait five or six years, some of my book-kids will reach that age, but I miss that delicious moment of realizing that the small person in front of me has just demonstrated the capacity to generate uncopied, situation-specific one-liners. Such moments contain the powerful joy of watching them grow up yet with only as much pain as comes from the realization that they think elephant noise with turtle puppet jokes are dorky now.
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