Saturday, February 16, 2013
Danny is really honing his smart aleck skills lately. At the risk of sounding like one of those annoying mothers who does nothing but brag about her kids, I have to tell another story. (I knew such a mother when we lived in North Dakota, and she irritated me excessively.) The thing is, I don't often laugh, and when Danny comes out with one of his deadpan remarks, I usually laugh until I cry. I only wish I could make others laugh that way. Laughter is good for the soul (and body, too!).
So, here it is: Danny was in one of his "I'm starving" moods. He is already slightly overweight, and I am trying to prevent him from becoming obese, without, I hope, damaging his self-esteem or making him think I don't love him. I could write books about what my parents did to me in that regard.
He asked if he could have a glass of milk. I said he could, but it would have to be one of the very small glasses. He started whining. So I patted his belly and said, "Look at that belly! You don't even need to ask why I said only a small glass."
He looked at me totally deadpan and said, "Why are you talking about Henry's belly when I am the one asking for a glass of milk?" I looked at him and just totally lost it. Between spasms of laughter, I warned him I was just about to go and tell Henry what he had said, and he ran away upstairs in fear.
Henry is his much older brother, who drove home from college in Dallas to be with his little brother on his birthday. I might also mention that Henry does have a weight problem, and a rather large belly. However, he is six foot one and carries it pretty well, in addition to which he is in good shape thanks to years of Irish dance.
I think I laughed for several minutes, and yes, I had tears in my eyes. Henry, fortunately, took it in good part, and just yelled upstairs that if Danny wasn't careful, he would drive back to Dallas and take the birthday present he had brought with him.
Happy Birthday to my beloved Danny!! Twelve years old today, and one of the three lights of my life!