For forty-six years, I’ve I have taken Peter’s one-liners in stride. Some of them are very funny. Others make me roll my eyes.
(1) On a recent walk, we spotted a nesting hawk on the ledge of a commercial building. (OK, we didn’t spot it, but there were a lot of people looking up.) A few moments later, walking around the reservoir, we encountered a man with a camera that had a long lens. He looked like a birder, and I thought he might want to see the hawk. So I called out to him and explained what we had just seen and where. He seemed grateful.
Peter’s comment as the stranger started off: “That guy is strictly for the birds.”
(2) While out with friends last Friday, the subject of the upheavals in the Middle East came up. Peter’s comment: “Let’s get Syrious.”
Once when I suggested to Peter that he might want to censor some of his remarks for quality, Peter protested that spontaneity is everything.
I recall our driving Seth and his friends somewhere long ago. Peter was at his best with the one-liners during that trip, and one friend of Seth’s remarked—“Now I see where your sense of humor comes from.” He meant it as a compliment.
Some of Peter’s one-liners are gems.
Some are not. But he’s not about to stop offering them. Even now, the kids can make it all worthwhile by chuckling and responding. “Good one Dad.”