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I have a magnet on my fridge that says, “It’s not funny until someone gets hurt, then it’s hilarious!” Unfortunately, it’s so true! When a comic character slips on a banana peel, it’s funny. I can’t help myself, I have to laugh.
A couple of months ago, I had visitors to my new home. We were enjoying our conversation, when I heard a cracking sound. Thinking nothing of it, I settled comfortably in my chair, and before I could register what was happening, I was sitting on the floor amid the rubble of what had once been my chair. No one laughed because they were all concerned for my welfare.
When I was assisted to my feet and confident nothing was broken or amiss, now over the shock, I started to laugh at myself. I couldn’t stop. The others didn’t know whether to laugh or not. Since I was, they also laughed.
Later they phoned to make sure I was alright. Normally I would have been humiliated beyond words, but all I could think of was how hilarious it must have looked, now you see me, now you don’t. Wham down but not out! Suffice it to say, I was a tad sore for a few days but I recovered nicely.
A few months has passed since the incident, and I still find myself chuckling even laughing with quiet amusement at the thought of my awkward decent to the floor. I know it’s not an example of clumsy since I did nothing to precipitate the incident.
The only example of clumsy I could muster up for the daily blog, is little ones learning to walk. They wobble and fall and slip and slide as they learn to balance. Before long they aren’t clumsy any more, but running a marathon around you.
Other women can attest to how clumsy we were when we first walked on a pair of high heels. It took practice to walk confidently. With that in mind I have to smile as I recall the “fail” videos so common on youtube in which a model struts down the runway and loses her footing and down she goes.
I’m looking forward to reading your blogs about “clumsy”. I promise, I will undoubtedly smile and snicker, not at you, but with you.
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.
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