"Dad, what's the funnest thing you've ever done?"
The question came from the back seat of my truck. We'd just pulled to a stop at a red light.
Zalen, my 7 year old son is not much of a talker. Especially when there are lots of people around, but on occasion when it is just you and him his questions can lead to some great conversations.
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"I mean what is the most fun thing you have ever done. In your whole life."
I thought about it until the light turned green and I couldn't come up with an answer.
I could think of lots of occasion when i was happy, but that 's not exactly what he meant and I could think of many times when I'd had fun. Even if I tossed out the ones that were not appropriate to share with my 7yo son they choices were too tough.
I simply could not commit the word MOST to one single occasion so in order to buy time I turned the question back on him, "I'll have to think about it a minute. What is the funnest thing you've ever done?" I met his eyes in the rearview mirror, expecting to hear an answer tied to a commercial enterprise. Perhaps our visits to Disney World, or Six Flags, or maybe something we did on our most recent vacation to Denver.
Instead, Zalen grinned and said, "I liked it when we went to the mountains and fished while walking in the stream. Remember that deer that walked in front of us?"
"I do," I said smiling back.
"Can we go do that again?" He asked.
"You bet," I answered.
Luckily he let me off the hook and didn't reask his question, but a month or more has gone by since that day and for some reason it bothers me that I cannot assign the tag most fun ever to any of the events or even days in my life. Should I be able to? Can most adults do that very thing or only children? Is it the fact they have less years behind them and therefore fewer experiences to decide from? Or is it something else that makes it so difficult for me to use the word most?
This post is really going nowhere except that I wanted to toss this idea out there.
Can y'all narrow it down and designate a funnest thing ever? If not why do you think that is?
And if you pinpoint that one blissful occurrence do you hold it up for comparison. Do you say to yourself saying, "Yeah it was fun to to take that corner at a hundred and ten but not nearly as fun as that time me and Jimmy drank that case of Shiner pack in Luchenback and ended up waking up on Willie's bus outside that Allsup's at 3 AM. I still can't believe they didn't have but two dozen chimichanga's, and who the hell ever heard of dipping them in a Cherry Slurpee anyway?