By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through September 7. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked.3
Editor’s note. This video was and is such a colossal hit with our readers (and pretty much everybody else) that I re-run our discussion about it every August for those who may not have seen it.
Talk about going viral.
The video–“This is exasperating”–was an instantaneous smash hit.
It’s only a little over a minute long, but the response of Trey (who is in a booster seat in the back of the car) to news that his mom is having a third baby is just hysterically funny.
Here’s how it starts. Trey’s mom says, “I got something to tell you. I’m pregnant.”
Trey immediately puts his hands to his head in complete frustration. “What were you thinking?” he asks plaintively.
“Why you have to go and get another baby? You just had two. So why do you, why do you…”
At a loss for words (but for just a second) Trey adds, “This is exasperating.”
His mom, looking for another opinion, begins to ask Trey’s baby sister, Amaya, if she’s happy with the news. But Trey is just getting warmed up.
“So why do you wanna get another baby and just replace one of your babies?” he asks. “It’s too much.”
An experienced mom she assures her son, “Baby, we would never replace you and Amaya. You’re just gonna have another brother or sister that you have to help take care of.”
Trey isn’t buying that.
“That doesn’t make no sense. This makes no sense,” he laments, as if he is the only adult in the car.
Why doesn’t it make sense?
“Because if it made sense then you’d just have two babies and you keep loving them forever and not having another baby between us.”
Mom tries another approach. She asks Amaya, who is an infant with a pacifier in her mouth, if she’s happy about having a new brother or sister. When Amaya doesn’t respond (as if she could), Trey shifts gears.
“What kind of baby is that?” Mom doesn’t know. “Might be boy, might be a girl.”
Trey hopes it’s not a boy because “a boy’s cry is even worse.”
How do you know?
“When I saw a baby crying at my school” that baby boy’s crying was “even worser than Amaya’s crying.”
Sensing she’s got about as far as she can in this conversation, Mom says, “Well, Trey, I don’t know what to tell you about the crying, you just gotta get used to it, OK?”
Trey cheekily replies: “OK, and buy me some earplugs too.”