I love this series of photos of Erik's mom, Millie, listening to him tell a story. She goes through all the stages of being Erik's audience.
There's the initial crack-up.
Then there's a combination of disbelief and denial, the "I can't believe where this story is going and I'm not sure I want to know how it ends" stage.
And even though we think we've prepared ourselves for any conclusion, he still manages to deliver a zinger at the end. This is the "Are you kidding me?" stage. And with it comes acceptance.