bedtime ramblings

December 13, 2004

last night, mattgreen and i were chatting just before we went to sleep. here's how the conversation went:

alicey: my back itches! can you scratch there, just below my fingers please?
mattgreen: you need a gold-plated back-scratcher, like mr uppity. for the man who has everything.
alicey: my dad has everything. maybe he'd like a gold-plated back-scratcher for christmas.
mattgreen: your dad doesn't strike me as being like mr uppity. mr fussy, maybe...
alicey: or mr grumpy! no... how about mr smoky?!
(this is a thinly-veiled reference to the fact that my dad has recently started smoking again. he's still at the pretending-he-doesn't-smoke stage, and my mum is still at the pretending-she-hasn't-noticed-he's-started-smoking stage)
mattgreen: i know... mr chimney!
alicey: (laughing)
mattgreen: (pretending to read from a book) somewhere out in denial-land, mr chimney's alarm clock goes off in the middle of the night. mr chimney leaps out of bed and rushes off to work!
(this is a thinly-veiled reference to the fact that my dad gets up at an ungodly hour to drive to work every day)

ten minutes later i was still having fits of giggles, followed by periods of silence, followed by outbursts of further sniggering.

I love having those giggle moments when you can't stop yourself from laughing. I remember during my anti-natal class we were watching a very dated video of a birth scene and the baby was being weighed. Then the presenter said "the baby is then labelled" and Richard replyed "a trouble maker." I could stop laughing throughout the rest of the session. It was the same - fits of giggles, followed by a period of silence. It still makes me laugh today.
I love moments like that. I'll always remember one time when Steve and I were chatting about something or other and pissing ourselves laughing. I said 'Are you crying, darling?' and he replied 'yes, with rage'.
It isnt funny to anyone else, but it still cracks me up. Especially as we now sing to each other 'Songs of Joy and tears of rage' a la Russ Abbott's "House Party" theme tune.
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