I’ve been meaning to record this story for a while. It seems like an important one in our family. And now it’s officially in the books. :)

The journaling says:

Isaac is an unusual name.   He gets called Isaiah sometimes.  Or people assume we are Jewish for naming our son Isaac.  After he was born, I had some moments of uncertainty about whether we chose the right name…just because it’s SO unusual.

Isaac is now four and I feel like he’s really grown into his name…if that’s possible.  He’s sprouted red curls and is such a cheeky, unusual, amazingly adorable kid…it all seems to fit perfectly now. We decided on the name Isaac because of it’s meaning.  It means ‘laughter’.  And laughter and humor are very important to us.

Dave was a very serious little boy.  When his uncles would visit him they’d ask “tough day at the office, Dave?” because of how serious his demeanor was.  He was invested in academics with a particular interest in math and science and really excelled in those subjects in school.  But, as Dave got older, he realized that he wasn’t particularly satisfied.

One day, while surfing the channels, Dave had a eureka moment.  He happened upon a silent film and after watching it for a few minutes, he considered that maybe there was something to this.  Math wasn’t fulfilling him….but maybe humor could.  He began to order silent film VHS tapes from obscure distributors and read books on humor theory.  In high school he started the “Humor Club” where club members would watch movie clips, discuss what made them funny, and planned small presentations to announce the next humor club meeting in the school-wide assembly.  Sometimes the club members would get in trouble for over-the-top announcements.

Humor was a big turning point in Dave’s life.  He decided to pursue his present career from his interest in silent film.  Silent film has influenced many of his mannerisms and jokes and hobbies.

By the time I met Dave, in college, he was the class clown.  Everyone knew who he was.  Even now, from time to time, we get stopped on the streets of New York by someone that went to our college and remembers Dave.

My family was pretty silly….especially my mom and brother…and so when I met Dave, I was drawn in by his clever humor.  We’ve been married for 12 years and I still absolutely love it about him.

Dave has been intentional about teaching Andrew and Isaac humor.  Dave and Isaac yell clever punch lines at each other like “what?!?” or “my cheeks!”…jokes that only they seem to get. Dave’s efforts have made both boys profoundly silly…sometimes WAY too silly.  We sure laugh a lot around here…and I really love that.  And I love that we have little Isaac, forever marking us, and himself, for laughter.

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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6 Responses to Laughter

  1. Cathy says:

    Great post! I’m happy to read about Dave, it doesn’t happen often enough!
    As you know, my son’s name is Jacob and I have a friend who named her son Noah. They were born a month apart so we spent a lot of time together when they were babies. A lady once asked us if we were jew when we told her their names…. that was very weird!

  2. Cathy says:

    Since we live in a province that is mostly french speaking, Noah and Jacob aren’t as popular here as in the states. The most popular here are William, Thomas and Olivier.

  3. Amy says:

    Just thinking of names in the children’s classes and at the school where I work – we have the whole lot … Isaac, Noah, Jacob and anything else going … I was surprised when you referred to Isaac’s name being unusual.
    Developing a good sense of humour is such a valuable skill :-)

  4. Stacey says:

    That was so cute, Robyn! You’re such a great writer! You guys fascinate me!

  5. Mama V says:

    such a beautiful story! love, love, love it!

    we have 4 isaac’s in our life, btw. every time an ‘isaac’ (or a ‘ben’ and even now a ‘nora!’) is mentioned, somebody says, “WHICH isaac?!”

    isaac: you lucky boy to have so much joy in your life!

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