Cody and I spent a lot of time together while working on his Zeyda biography project. As we got to know each other, I discovered that my 13-year-old grandson had a clever sense of humor. It was so unusual that I decided to keep notes. Here are a few of his gems. (2003)
BOUNCING OFF WALLS
Cody was describing an unusual paper airplane he was building. He explained, “Its most interesting flight characteristic was that it would continue flying even if it ran into a wall.” I quietly commented that I knew some people like that.
Cody thought about that a minute, then looked up at me and said, "Yea, me."
We had been sitting in the restaurant trying to get the waiter’s attention for some time, but I couldn’t catch his eye. Frustrated, I finally said to Cody, "He always seems to be looking down at this feet when he walks toward us."
Cody remarked, "Yea, that's his fog lights."
A FRAYED WIRE
Cody asked me, “Why don't birds get electrocuted when they land on wires?” “It’s the insulation,” I explained. “The metal wire carrying the electricity is inside. If the insulation were frayed, they’d be electrocuted.”
“If I touched a wire, I'd be electrocuted,” he said, “because I'm afraid.”
Just then we saw a leaf fall to the ground, and Cody said, “Leaf it alone.”
Copyright © Yale Schwartz, 2003