Friday, January 19th, 2018

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What was his name?

I want to share a short story with you that had me and Lowell in hysterics last night. I hope you enjoy!

So, last night at the dinner table Lowell asked our five year old son Lane to share the best part of his day at kindergarten. Lane replied, “eating lunch with my friends.” So Lowell asked who were his friends and Lane proceeded to name them one by one. “Orin, Lauren, Aiden, jackass…”

Lowell and I looked at each other quizzically. Did we just hear our son say jackass? We also started breaking up and Lane wanted to know why Mommy and Daddy were laughing. So, Lowell calmly asked Lane to name the kids again as he didn’t quite understand.

Lane said, “Orin, Lauren, Aiden, jackass…”

There it was AGAIN! By now Lowell and I were in hysterics. Tears were starting to stream out of my eyes. Lane was now laughing with us but had no idea why. If Mommy and Daddy were laughing, it must be funny.

So Lane asked, “Why are you laughing?”

Ok, here comes the conundrum. We didn’t want to tell him why we were laughing and yet we still wanted to ask more questions because we just couldn’t believe he was really saying what we “THOUGHT” we were hearing. So, Lowell very gently asked him one more time to say the names. Lane was quite patient with Daddy, he didn’t know why he kept asking. But again, we heard, “Orin, Lauren, Aiden, jackass…” This time Lowell stopped and asked him about the last name.

Lane very emphatically explained, “Daddy, it’s Jack S. not Jack R.”

OOOHhhhhh, NOW we got it. Apparently, there are two boys in Lane’s class named Jack with last names that begin with S and R so the teacher calls the boys Jack S. and Jack R. I wonder if the teacher has any idea how it sounds when the kids say the names??? Lane had lunch with Orin, Lauren, Aiden and Jack S.!

We cried tears of laughter for several minutes and Lane thought his story was hilarious and yet had no idea why. That was irrelevant. What did matter was our connection through sharing our laughter and our combined energy created such a feeling of pure joy. Lane understood completely with no explanation necessary.

When I told Lowell I planned to post the story on my blog Lane thought that was so cool. His response, “Mommy, you can share the story with anyone and I hope they laugh too.” He loves to share the energy of joy.

So, did you laugh, well, did ya? Lane hopes so. :)

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3 Responses to “What was his name?”
  1. Emiko Jaffe says:

    Ha! I did get a good laugh and I could totally see that happening in our household, too (although we’ve had it with much stronger language, oops–wonder where they pick that up from . . .hahaha). Thanks for sharing this hilarious and sweet story.

  2. Oh my gosh Diane!! Noah and I were hysterical reading that story!!! Too funny. I’m so glad you shared it. By the way, my mom has 3 Jacks in her class! :)

  3. Nancy Olsen says:

    AhahahhaahHAA, Lane is hilarious. What a great moment, thank you for sharing!

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