My 11-Year-Old Tries Very, Very Hard to Explain the Plot of Inside Out

Posted on January 12, 2016

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When my kids were small my wife told me I shouldn’t tease them, and I told her that it was too late to re-negotiate the terms of our agreement to have children. Teasing and its potential for producing comedy material was one of the strongest ‘pros’ in the reproduction column. Unfortunately, as the kids have grown so has their ability to see through my teasing. They’ve learned to quickly read my face and tone of voice, and as it’s grown near impossible to trick them I will admit my interest in parenting has waned.

I’ve re-focused my energies on technology where they don’t have the advantage of seeing my face or interpreting my vocal inflections. Last summer while traveling my 11-year-old son Luke and I were chatting and as he tried to explain the plot of the movie Inside Out, I tried very hard not to understand his explanation.

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LUKE:
and there are personality islands for different peoples personalitys
hers are goofy, family, honest, friendship and hockey
but they disappear because of reasons

DAD:
Sounds complicated.

LUKE:
not really when you watch it in order

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LUKE:
you should watch it

DAD:
I’m glad Disney finally put Goofy in another movie.

LUKE:
no, no, no
I mean the trait

DAD:
Isn’t it funny that Goofy can talk but Pluto can’t? They’re both dogs.

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LUKE:
oh yeah

DAD:
Did Goofy talk in Inside Out?

LUKE:
dad, goofy wasn’t in inside out

DAD:
You said Goofy was a personality island.

LUKE:
okay, the personalit islands were places not people

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LUKE:
yeah, I mean the goofy trait

DAD:
And Goofy is on one of the personality islands?

LUKE:
like “that’s so goofy”
no, dad

DAD:
I think I get it.
You mean goofy like when someone is being silly.

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LUKE:
yes

DAD:
Goofy is a silly character.

LUKE:
yeah…
and

DAD:
I bet Goofy got into all sorts of silly trouble on that goofy personality island.

LUKE:
NO DAD

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LUKE:
goofy wasn’t in it
the island was
but goofy isn’t

DAD:
???

LUKE:
goofy island doesn’t have goofy on it
it’s pretty much uninhabited; okay?

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DAD:
The island is uninhabited?

LUKE:
yes
it’s an island in her brain

DAD:
He must get so lonely.

LUKE:
UGHHHHH
goofy isn’t in inside out at all
only the trait is

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DAD:
What movie is Goofy in? I thought we were talking about Inside Out.

LUKE:
we are
but goofy isn’t in inside out

DAD:
I wish Goofy had been in that movie. He was the only reason I wanted to see it.

Nostalgia: Here’s one of my favorite posts from when Luke was seven and much easier to deceive: An Interview with Apollo Fonzarelli

Posted in: Family, humor