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I laugh when I wish to cry, I smile when I am sad, I joke when I am scared. My facade complete, in place, I go to face the world. My best friend is gone. Not due to illness, or an accident, but as a result of murder. Murder! In small town nowhere. So small we don’t even have a traffic light. Not one!
The population is compact, intimate as small towns are. Everyone knows everyone, and their business. You practically know what someone is doing before they do it! Therefore that Janie had been murdered didn’t seem possible, reasonable, logical.
I was looking for the logic, the reason behind it all. She was a bright star, a generous and exceedingly attractive woman, and funny. My god, she was funny! She could light up a room with her smile. It was impossible to believe anyone hated Janie let alone hate her enough to kill her.
I was waiting for the Detective assigned to the case to arrive. He would have questions. After watching hundreds of police shows on tv, the scenerio seldom differed, so I half knew what to expect. Since I was apparantly the last person to see her alive, it made sense.
They would work backward from the time of her demise, until the last time she’d been seen alive by anyone. Since we were best friends, and she worked for me, it would be logical I might have information. Amanda hadn’t been told. I would have to tell her before the police arrive. I’d waited knowing how shattered she would be. Good news should be shared immediately, bad news could always wait a little longer.
I’d plastered a smile on my face and continued with my day. The fascade was beginning to crack. I had to hold on just a little longer, until after the police questioned me. Then I would close the shop and gather Amanda, and we would head to my place, and together, continue with what came next.
I love a good joke, one that has me laughing wholeheartedly until tears run unabashedly down my cheeks and I can barely breath because I can’t stop laughing. Or that joke that we remember hours days weeks later and chuckle mirthfully at since it’s power to amuse hasn’t abated.
I remember reading and orating knock knock jokes to my great delight as a child and I’d share with anyone that would listen. Or buying comic books then literature I found delightfully carefree and touched my funny bone.
There is an entire genre to look back on with absolute fondness. In an era long ago, slap stick comedy was all the rage with Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Cops to amuse and entertained us. Red Skelton Bob Hope and Lucille Ball so delightfully innocent but hilariously funny.
Stand up comedians such as George Carlin and Robin Williams gave us hours of laughter and thoughtful introspection through what else, comedy. Sitcoms with Carol Bernette, Bob Newheart. TV shows that included David Letterman, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert. There is indeed an endless list of distinguished amusing joke telling entertainers who delivered their punchline with panache and perfect timing, tossing jibes and poking fun at ludicrous or scary situations, at events or the personal antics of movie stars, politicians and others.
Undoubtedly we all have our own list of favourites whether it be someone local or international who has set the bar exceedingly high; but constantly engages us, touches us and move us to tears using humour to lighten a moment. Goodness the list of movies, shows, books written with witticism and anecdotal amusement is long and rich.
I have indeed laughed until I cried, and could not speak, breathless with amusement at personal situations and occasions when hilarity ensued and filled our hearts with glee, occasions to look back upon remembered now with fondness and a smile.
Whatever the source is for you, I hope each day brings you some form of amusement to bring a smile, a laugh, a tear or belly shaking laughter to brighten your day. Enjoy.