We were sitting at dinner this evening when Hannah raised a concern:
Hannah: Remember when we were at that play in Chicago, and I asked a question?
Me: Baby, there's no way I could remember one question you asked me. You ask questions all the time.
(completely true statement)
Hannah: No, not to you, after the play.
(the company hosted a children's question-and-answer time after the show was over, and Hannah wanted to ask a question. She's small and cute and was wearing a frilly dress, so, of course, she was selected.)
Me: Oh, yes. I remember.
Hannah: And do you remember that people laughed? I want to know why they laughed.
Me: (Inwardly cringing) Well, maybe they were wondering the same thing. Sometimes when you say something that someone else was thinking, they think it's funny.
Hannah: (looking down at her hands) Or maybe they just thought it was dumb.
My heart breaks for a second, and then, BAM, Dave to the rescue!
Dave: Wait. Who was laughing? Grown ups or kids?
Hannah: Grown ups.
Dave: Well, that explains it. Grown ups will laugh at anything. There's no explanation for it.
Dave: Especially if you said something smart. Grown ups always think it's funny when a kid says something smart. They're not expecting it.
This fits nicely into a previous discussion we've had about how things are funny when they're unexpected, so Hannah just accepts this explanation as perfectly rational. The truth is, it is perfectly rational. And simply stated. And completely beyond my capacity for parsimony.
Man, I love that guy.