This is Parker, my great-nephew. He is not only a great-nephew because he is my nephew’s son, he’s a great nephew because he is a great kid. This one is all boy and all ham. He loved posing for the camera and having his picture taken.
At one point Parker and I were playing, and I reached out to tickle him. He has the most incredible laugh and you just can’t hear it without laughing with him. It is the sound of pure joy.
Well, I was tickling Parker so I could hear his great laugh and he said, “Stop. You’re not supposed to tickle me!” Well, because he asked I stopped tickling, but I had to know, “Why am I not supposed to tickle you?” He told me that when I tickled him it made him laugh. I explained that I knew that and I wanted him to laugh. He said, “No. Just, no. Okay?”
I was very sad and I gave him my “I am very sad” look. I said, “But Parker, if I am not supposed to tickle you, why do you keep your tickles right out here where just anybody can reach them?”
Parker gave me that exasperated look that only 6 year-olds have perfected and explained, “I have to keep my tickles right here because I am too short to hide them!”