Years ago when my two girls were small, they were taught how to say their blessing before eating their meal.
One night as I was busy scurrying around the kitchen, I told them both to say their blessings without me. I took a moment to watch them as they both squeezed their eyes tightly shut over folded hands. As my four-year-old finished, her three-year-old sister kept on praying.
Another minute or two passed before she lifted her head, looked at her plate, and in an indignant voice said, “Hey! My peas are still here!”
As the family gathered for a big dinner together, the youngest son announced that he had just signed up at an army recruiter’s office.
There were audible gasps around the table, then some laughter, as his older brothers shared their disbelief that he could handle this new situation.
“Oh, come on, quit joking,” snickered one. “You didn’t really do that, did you?”
“You would never get through basic training,” scoffed another.
The new recruit looked to his mother for help, but she was just gazing at him.
When she finally spoke, she simply asked, “Do you really plan to make your own bed every morning?”
A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given to the panel: “An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.'”
“See, I have a problem with that passion business,” responded the jury candidate. “During my first marriage, I discovered that my husband was having an affair with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.”
She wasn’t selected for the jury.
PUNS: THE TATES
Do you know how many members of the TATE family belong to our organization?
There is old man DICK TATE who wants to run everything, while Uncle RO TATE tries to change everything.
Their sister, AGI TATE, stirs up plenty of trouble with help from her husband, IRRI TATE.
Whenever new projects are suggested, HESI TATE and his wife, VEGI TATE, want to wait until next year.
Brother FACILI TATE is quite helpful in group matters.
And a happy member is Ms. FELICI TATE.
Cousins COGI TATE and MEDI TATE always think things over and lend a helpful steady hand.
And, of course, there is the bad seed in the family, AMPU TATE, who has cut himself off completely from the rest of the organization.
A doctor examining a woman who had been rushed to the Emergency Room, took the husband aside, and said, “I don’t like the looks of your wife at all.”
“Me neither doc,” said the husband. “But she’s a great cook and really good with the kids.”