September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) here in the USA. Unfortunately, I didn't find out about the existence of NPM until we were already well into September, so I didn't have any cool preparations planned. Here are some things I'm better prepared for this year than in past years:
If some kid is telling me the "Interrupting Cow" knock-knock joke, I'm just going to roll with it. My knee-jerk know-it-all instinct is to try to shut the joke down to demonstrate that I'm in the know, I am too clever to be taken in by this joke. But if some kid is learning how to tell jokes, I shouldn't disrespect the classics.
I've accumulated several cans of canned food. I used to be proud of my emergency food supply: a few pounds of dried beans. But if an earthquake knocks out my stove, I might not have a good way to cook those beans, and they're not-so-edible raw. A past employer gave out emergency kits to employees; those kits contained emergency rations that lasted for years. But those kits were many many years old, and even emergency rations don't last that long. So I bought some canned food. And once a month, I eat something canned and then buy something canned to replace it. So if an emergency knocks out my stove, I should have a few days' food to eat that won't have gone bad meanwhile.
Also if a kid tells that joke where they have to interrupt suddenly saying "Timing!" I'll let them get away with that, too. It ain't easy, but I believe that children are the future.