I am living with a family of comedians.
Evidence the first:
Baby Duck had a haircut on Friday. Our friend who was cutting his hair asked if he’d like hair the colour of hers, but he declined, saying her colour looked old. Pretending outrage, our friend said, “Just wait till you’re forty! I’ll tell you ‘hey, you’re looking pretty old now’."
He said, “And I’ll say ‘you still look older than me!’ "
Evidence the second:
Someone who shall remain nameless, but she’s my middle child and her name starts with Demon and ends with Duck, defaced my menu board while I was out yesterday.
(What, doesn’t everyone write the week’s menu on a whiteboard in their kitchen? What do you mean, I’m anal?)
She had carefully written up the menu as follows:
Only the spelling mistakes have been changed to protect the innocent.
Evidence the third:
The girls went iceskating yesterday while I was out. I think that was pretty brave of me. If I say that I was imagining severed fingers lying twitching on the ice, you will think my worrywart gene is showing again. In my defence I offer that I used to work with a lovely man who was missing a couple of fingers because of an iceskating accident as a child.
I mentioned to Drama Duck last night that I’d been a little stressed about them going skating.
"It was fine,” she said dismissively. “I’ve still got most of my fingers."
Evidence the fourth:
And the reason I was not available to personally supervise the safety of my daughters’ precious pinkies?
My brother rang a couple of weeks ago to say he was going away for a few days. He usually does Mum’s grocery shopping for her, and wanted me to cover for him. Not a problem, since I usually visit Mum once a week anyway, but just to make sure I wouldn’t forget, I wrote “Mum shopping” on the calendar that hangs on the back of the en suite door.
(My friends find it amusing when they ask me if I’m free on a certain date and I tell them I have to go check on the toilet door.)
This morning I got out of the shower and found that underneath “Mum shopping” the Carnivore had written “Could not find a decent Mum".