Riddles at the Dinner Table

March 11th, 2014

Miss Mouse and Josh read The Hobbit together recently.  Josh bought her a graphic novel version that kept most of the original Tolkien-y language and they worked through it together.  She really enjoyed the story and in particular was taken with the scene where Bilbo Baggins and Gollum exchange riddles in the dark beneath the Misty Mountains.

Inspired by the story, she began demanding that we tell riddles over dinner and from there, branched out into creating her own.

They are hysterical.

Although she has grasped the meter and cadence of a riddle, she doesn’t truly understand them.  So she’s not very good at guessing them and her own creations are delightfully non-sequitur.

For example:

Sleeps on a pillow,
Goes to sleep at night,
Who goes to sleep at 8:31

Answer: Porcupine

Has a blanket,
Has some feet,
Doesn’t talk,
But has a beat.

Answer: Heart

The riddles then morphed into jokes. Knock-knock jokes, specifically.  Both kids are totally enamored of knock-knock jokes.  Our family favorite is this one:

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Interrupting cow.
Interrupting cow–

Timing is everything, naturally, but once Miss Mouse figured it out, she has applied the same joke to every animal under the sun.

Then there’s Buggie’s one and only joke.  Get ready…

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Funny goose.
Funny goose who?
Funny goose pooped in his diaper!

He made it up all by himself and thinks this is The Funniest Thing Ever.  Sometimes, he can’t even get through to the punch line because he starts laughing too hard.  I love that kid.

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