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    A Rat Race For The Punch Line

    | Wales, UK | Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters

    (We’re eating dinner, and my mum’s convinced that rats are stealing our duck eggs. I argue that they’re not dexterous enough.)

    Mum: “You’re wrong. When I was young, I was waiting for a bus when I saw a rat—”

    Me: “—riding past on a tricycle?”

    Mum: “No! There were three of them, they were—”

    Dad: “—riding unicycles. Rats don’t need three wheels.”

    Me: “And that leaves their paws free for playing their piccolos!”

    Mum: “No! They were sitting at the side of the road—”

    Me: “—playing poker?”

    Dad: “Of course, there weren’t enough of them for bridge.”

    Mum: “Shut up you two! Rats are clever.”

    Dad: “Very witty. Natural rat-onteurs.”

    (Mum gives up.)

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