The Toddler is still trying to master knock knock jokes. She now believes they are part of dinner time ritual. After eating her food, she leans over and knocks on the table. She prefers physical comedy. Why say ‘knock knock’ when you can make a banging noise?
Before we go any further, something needs to be mentioned here. When the Silly Parents started the knock knock joke teaching, Silly Daddy thought it was amusing to use the very appropriate (*ahem*) ‘Ben Dover’. Because The Toddler wouldn’t get it or remember it, of course. Well, she doesn’t get it. She does remember. Kind of. She remembers Ben.
So, The Toddler is knocking on the table. The Silly Parents obligingly ask, ‘Who’s there?’
‘Ben who?’ The Toddler does not reply; she collapses in giggles at her joke.
The Toddler is not done yet. She knocks on the table again.
‘Ben.’ (This seems familiar.)
‘Ben Bob!’ (Progress. Not towards an actual punchline, of course, but progression from ‘Ben’.) The Toddler starts giggling again.
The Toddler repeats her Ben Bob joke multiple times, each time to rapturous approval and much laughter…from The Toddler.
On the three hundredth rendition, The Toddler makes an alteration to her joke. She knocks on the table. The despairing Silly Parents say, ‘Who’s there?’
‘Grandma!’ Oh good, perhaps Grandma knows who Ben is. Perhaps Grandma could have a look around and see if she can find a punchline anywhere: one seems to have gone astray. Perhaps Ben could help her.
The Baby has been watching proceedings from her high chair. She now feels she has got the hang of this joke thing, and is ready to join in. She knocks on her high chair and waits expectantly.
‘Who’s there, The Baby?’
The Baby is ready. She has trained for this moment: ‘Duck!’
The Baby is a knock knock maverick. She holds no truck with punchlines. She knows the humour lies in banging things and yelling ‘duck’. She knocks on the Highchair again and yells, ‘Duck!’
(Perhaps the duck is Ben Bob?)
Silly Mummy attempts to demonstrate a full knock knock joke to The Toddler. Silly Mummy says, ‘Knock knock.’
The Toddler knocks on the table: ‘Knock knock!’
‘No, darling, you say, “Who’s there?”‘
‘Lettuce.’ The Toddler laughs. She really is the person who laughs because she has no idea what’s going on.
Silly Mummy says, ‘That’s not the end of the joke, The Toddler! You say, “Lettuce who?”‘
‘Lettuce in, it’s cold out here!’
The Toddler considers Silly Mummy’s piece of comedy genius: ‘No, it’s not cold outside.’ The Toddler points at, yes, outside: ‘It’s cold out there.’
The Baby knocks on the highchair: ‘Duck!’
The Toddler and The Baby will be here all week, ladies and gentlemen. Duck!