Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jennifer Tells Jokes

Jennifer Oakes loved jokes. She loved hearing them and she loved telling them. Most of all, she loved making up jokes. The only problem was the jokes she made up weren't very funny. Nobody ever laughed at them.

"Can I tell you a joke, Daddy?" asked Jennifer. Daddy shook his head and tried to leave the room, but Jennifer stopped him by putting her hand on his arm. "Why don't cows fly?" she asked. Daddy shook his head. "Because they aren't birds!" exclaimed Jennifer laughing hysterically at her own joke. Daddy didn't laugh at all. He just smiled at her and left the room. Jennifer frowned. Daddy just didn't get it, but she knew she could find someone to laugh at her jokes.

Just then, Jaime, Jennifer's older sister entered the room. She went into the refrigerator and grabbed a can of coke and went to the cabinet and got a bag of chips and sat down at the table. Jennifer's eyes lit up. Jaime would surely laugh at her jokes.She sat down next to her sister. "Let me tell you a joke." she said. Jaime jumped out of her seat in a panic and grabbed her stuff. "Where are you going?" asked Jennifer. "Don't you want to hear a joke?"

Jaime shook her head. "No! No! No!"

"But why not?" asked Jennifer.

"Oh come on, Jen, " said her sister, "you're a terrible joke teller." She hurried out of the room with her snack before Jennifer could say another word.

Jennifer pouted. "No, I'm not!" she called after her sister. Jennifer was determined to show her sister that she was not a horrible joke teller. She would tell her best joke and that would show her. "Why are elephants gray?" she yelled out to her sister, but there was just silence. Jaime was already gone. "Because they're not green." said Jennifer softly to herself since there was nobody else around to listen to her great joke. This time she didn't even laugh at her own joke. It was no fun laughing all alone.

Mommy entered the room with Jennifer's baby sister, Jillian. Mommy put Jillian in her highchair.

Jennifer instantly brightened up. "Mommy!" she said excitedly. "Do you want to hear a joke?"

"Not now, honey." she said. "I have to feed Jillian." She set a cup of yogurt in front of the baby and proceeded to feed it to her.

Jennifer decided to tell her a joke anyway. It would be a really funny one and Mommy wouldn't mind.
She closed her eyes and thought really hard and tried to come up with a good one. Finally, she thought of one. Her eyes lit up and she smiled. "Why did the dog bark?" she asked. "because that's what dogs do!" she added after a minute when her mother didn't say anything. Jennifer started laughing, but stopped when she noticed Mommy wasn't laughing. Mommy wasn't even smiling.

Mommy was looking at her shirt and frowning. Thanks to baby, Jillian there was yogurt splashed all across the front of  Mommy's shirt. "Watch her for a minute, while I go get another shirt." Mommy said to Jennifer as she hurried out of the room.

"Do you want to hear a joke?" Jennifer asked her baby sister. Jillian smiled at her sister as she ate her yogurt. Jennifer took that as a yes. "Why do babies make messes?" she asked. "Because they can!" she answered her own joke and began laughing.

Jillian smiled and began laughing too. Jennifer laughed even harder. So did Jillian. Jennifer hugged her. She didn't even care when the baby covered her with yogurt. She was so happy she had finally found someone to laugh at her jokes. Sometimes, it was good to have a little sister.

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