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.