I Love to Laugh

Today’s Bloganuary prompt:

What is your favorite part about yourself?

Without a doubt, my smile/sense of humor/laughter. That’s kind of three things, but more like multiple sides of the same coin/die. I love to laugh, and I laugh often. It makes me so happy when people like to tell jokes. I generally can’t recall punchlines, so you can tell me the same joke multiple times and I will laugh as though it’s the first time I’ve heard it.

Mom likes to sneak up on me and tickle my neck, which drives me crazy. I’ll lift my shoulders so high I look like a turtle pulling back into her shell. We’ll pretend to tickle each other and laugh and laugh and laugh.

Word humor and puns bring me so much joy. I’m lucky that I work with really smart people who are quick witted. They’ll share plays on words and puns in Slack, and tears will run down my face because I’m laughing so hard.

I also love reminiscing and laughing at funny memories, especially if the person/people I’m reminiscing with enjoys doing so. One person will say, “Do you remember when…” and another will add a detail, and then another will jump in, and then we’re all laughing hysterically. And it feels so good when I’m laughing so hard that I can barely breathe, tears are pooling in my eyes, and my stomach hurts from guffawing.

Laughter is the Best… Everything!

Today’s Bloganuary prompt:

What makes you laugh?

Laughing is one of my favorite things to do and hardly a day goes by without multiple hearty guffaws. One of my favorite types of humor is puns, and I work with some masters of puns: Lance, Zandy, Andrew, Aaron, Courtney, Clea, Matt, and others. These normally take place in Slack, over text, and I can hardly keep up with them, amazed at how quickly the retorts fly back and forth. A recent thread, during an otherwise serious Town Hall:

  • Aaron really shelled out on the egg-related puns.
  • I am waffling on what to share in this thread
  • The best brunch places have donuts on the appetizer menu, just sayin’ 
  • They’re on the menu, donut you know it
  • this is a great brunch of puns
  • omelette you finish
  • I gotta give you a ham — that was excellent
  • I gotta admit, that pun was bacon for a while
  • Egg-cellent!
  • I was surprised when I looked at this thread and sausage advice

Related, jokes (usually childish ones) make laugh until I almost can’t breathe. I love hearing others tell them, and when I try to tell them, I often laugh so hard I can’t get the punchline out. I recently took a public speaking course (thank you so much BetterOn!) and one of the assignments was to make my coach laugh. This was my attempt:

And then there is this book, Wee Hee Hee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes & Pictures, which I sent to some of my favorite young people during the pandemic. We would FaceTime and take turns reading jokes and guessing the answers. Some examples:
Q: What’s the difference between a fish and a guitar?
A: You can’t tuna fish. 

Q: What kind of haircut do bees get? 
A: A buzz cut

Q: Where do cows go for fun? 
A: To the Moooo-vies

Hours of fun. You get the idea 🙂

And then there were the shaggy dog stories my Dad was infamous for. We sat around the dinner table, begging him to share one. Here’s one of my favorites.

If it’s remotely funny, chances are you’ll get a laugh out of me.