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As daughter graduates, just one request

After a year away because of the pandemic, history major returns to campus.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

MALIBU, Calif. — My 21-year-old daughter, Kendall, and I are driving through a dark tunnel on a twisty canyon road when a perfect dad joke hits me.

At just the right moment, as the sun beams up ahead, I try out my bit of humor.

“After all this COVID-19 stuff, there’s the light at the end of the tunnel,” I tell her.

I wait for a chuckle. Or at least a groan. But there’s no response.

I think maybe my daughter found me funnier when she was younger.

This same child — now young adult — informed me when she was 10 that I had three kinds of laughs.

“Huh?” I said at the time.

“Yeah, you have your reporter laugh where you laugh real quickly, and then you get back to your interview,” she replied. “You have your pity laugh, which is two short huffs. And you have your real laugh.”

As we cruise toward the Pacific Ocean, I decide that Kendall must be deep in thought about her approaching graduation from Pepperdine University. My dad joke was obviously hilarious. She must have missed it. Let’s go with that.

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This column appears in the June edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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