I wrote the following in 2004, when my son was 6 and my daughter was 2.
Some day I’ll make a silly joke, and my daughter won’t giggle with glee, she will roll her eyes and say, “Dad, you’re embarrassing me.”
I played the Stage Manager in Our Town when I was 16, and, as silly as it sounds more than 30 years later, I really did try to take this climactic exchange to heart:
Emily: Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it–every, every minute?
Stage Manager: No. (pause) The saints and poets, maybe they do some.