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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 17, 2001

Fun House
I told you to tell caller 'Mommy is not home'

My daughter, now grown as a young lady, has left me with many memories of her youth.

She was 4 years old (most children that age tell only the truth, right?). After a long day at work, I would pick her up from Gramma's, go home and start to prepare dinner for the family.

One day the telephone rang; we had no caller ID, nor any of the extras we do today.

I advised my child to answer the phone to see who it could have been. She replied, "Mommy, I can't see who it is, but can I ask who it is?"

I informed her that if it was Mr. ----, my boss, tell him Mommy is not at home. She said, "Mommy you are at home."

My boss asked her to speak with me. She told him, "Mommy said she is not at home."

"Where is she?" he asked.

Pointing to me with her little pointer finger, she told him, "right over there cooking."

From that day, it was a teasing joke at the office.

— Edna Mae Esona, Wahiawa

Has your child said something hilarious? Do you have a funny story about your spouse or other family members? The best Fun House anecdotes of 2001 will be reprinted in the 'Ohana section after the end of the year, and the writers will receive Honolulu Advertiser logo items.

If you have a true, humorous, unpublished short story about your family or a family-related topic, send it with your name, city and telephone number to: Fun House, 'Ohana Section, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; e-mail ohana@honoluluadvertiser.com or fax 535-8170. Enter as often as you like. Preference is given to stories of 200 words or less.