This is a really old photo of Jared and Carey...about ten years old. My friend Drew e-mailed it to me recently...she came across it while going through her old photo files.
I'm not absolutely sure what was going on when the photo was taken...I don't even recognize where it was taken...but it's such a typical look for both of them. Carey has that he-got-me-again grin, because he probably just got zinged by Jared who keeps a straight face. Such a dry wit that one has.
One of our family favorites was the time he zapped his sister at the dinner table. She was about twelve at the time; he was six or so. We had the television set on Jeopardy! in the background, and Kasey announces to the family, "Someday I'm going to be an answer on Jeopardy!" And without missing a beat Jared adds with an almost bored undertone, "And the question is, 'Who is the famous Jared S____y's sister.'"
It loses the zing in the translation, because with Jared the delivery is key. He was born with comedic timing, and we've been a willing audience ever since.
Tonight he joined his father and I for dinner. Carey didn't have his glasses on, so he was squinting at something. I asked him what he was doing, and he said, "I'm trying to read this word." And Jared lends an encouraging, "It's okay, Dad, just sound it out."
Then, when you realize he's got you, and you erupt with laughter edged with just the tiniest bit of wounded vanity, he unleashes this on you...
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