Finding Laughter: I Need Jokes (Day 8)
Sofia was saying something in a low voice. Mom was not really paying attention. Then the child said in a distinct voice, “That was a joke, mommy.”
Even if we heard the words, we probably wouldn’t have found them humorous. I remember when my two went through that stage when they THOUGHT they were saying funny things, but really it was nonsensical. And maybe that’s why it was funny – it was nonsensical.
Whether using well-thought out speech or nonsense I am not funny – at least not on purpose. I have a disorder. It is not yet listed in the DSM-IV (the manual of all mental health disorders for both children and adults), but it is real. This disorder apparently has 80-90% of the U.S. adult population in its grips.
It is called seriousness or being laughter-resistant.
I wonder if I can be purposefully funny? I am not the best at remembering jokes. And I am not a great joke teller. But supposedly both of those things can be remedied. So I am going to start collecting jokes and tell at least one a day.
So here is my first joke – How did the Pilgrims spell mousetrap with only 3 letters? The answer is at the very bottom of this post.
I also wonder if doing the above will encourage me to laugh more? Will collecting and telling jokes help me climb out of the well of seriousness and become a laugh-magnet? Let’s see.
Your Turn . . . Are you laughter-resistant? If yes, what are you going to do about it? . . . Share a joke with me, okay?
I am joining 100’s of others at #write31days to write every day in October on a single topic. My topic is 31 Days of Finding Laughter. I will spend time each day studying laughter to see if I can improve my laughter quotient.
Go here for the landing page which has all the posts in one spot.
Read, learn, and discover with me what this world of laughter is all about and is it all that it’s cracked up to be. And be sure to leave a comment. Talking together will make for a richer, interactive experience for all of us.