Big Sister has a joke problem. She’s not good at them. The set-up the delivery, they are rarely funny. This one, however, was well played.
Big Sister: What does partly mean?
Me: it’s kind of like halfway.
Big Sister: but what does it meeeaaaan. i wish you could hear inflection in script, this attempt was the best I could do.
She says that a lot. things like “sounds like, it reminds me of, or kind of like” don’t work for her. She likes specifics.
Me: It means a little bit of something and a little bit not. I know brilliant right!!
Big Sister: Ohhhh. Thinking about it.
Big Sister: Like in the morning before you’ve had your coffee… your eyes are partly awake?
Me: Ha, exactly.
Big Sister: And then in the night, after my bath, I’m partly naked when I’m just wearing a towel?
Me: yup, you’ve got it.
Big Sister: And after I’ve had dinner but before dessert, I’m still partly hungry?
Me: I think you’ve figured it out.
Big Sister: Or when I’ve done something bad but it’s a little bit funny, you are partly mad and party laughing?
Me: Yes, like that, but you know it’s still bad even if it’s a little funny bad. Right?
Big Sister: stares at my blankly.
Big Sister: Can i tell you a joke?
Me: Sure… curious as to how this relates
Big Sister: Don’t worry, it will be partly funny.
I really don’t remember the joke. I remember dying inside as I imagine this child as a teenager! Wish me luck friends, it will be a wild ride!