The reason the show ‘American’s Funniest Videos’ is so popular is because we are watching someone else’s family or pet do something ridiculous. Most of us tend to have a sense of humor and play when it isn’t so close to home.
That brings me to my present situation. My mother. She has recently been moved to the ‘Memories/Reminiscence’ area of the assisted living place in which she lives. My older brother likes to call it, ‘The place where the door does NOT swing in both directions.”
While we are sad and are dealing with very real and hard emotions, we find ourselves also laughing. There are so many funny things that young children and the elderly do. Heck, we all do some very funny things.
Perhaps many would find my family odd. Or, perhaps, many would think we are insensitive. The first might be true, however not the second. We are very involved with our mother’s care. We would fly across the country to take care of her. The entire family is concerned and there for her.
And yet, we find the humor and share the irony of getting old. Our mother’s as well as our own.
I think we could all use a dose of laughter. I think sometimes we take ourselves and our lives way too seriously. Find the funny. It is all around us. Learn to laugh at yourself. It is very cathartic.