Go Ahead… Have a Laugh!
I shared on fellow writer Stephanie Morrill’s blog a few weeks ago about adding humor to your books. Basically, I encouraged writers to use experiences from their everyday life to inspire humorous situations in their stories. I decided to take some of my own advice today, and write down some funny/awkward/witty things that I saw and experienced this week. Whether or not anyone else will find them funny, I’m not really sure, but I definitely had a good laugh!
- My nine-year-old sister and I were walking to the car from church the other night. A flock of geese flew over us, and I pointed them out to her and said, “Look, Ruth! Geese always fly in a V-formation. Did you know that?” She just wrinkled her nose and tossed her head like the too-cool-for-words kid that she is. “Please,” she told me, “They aren’t flying in a V. They’re flying in a square root sign.” Obviously. Don’t know how I didn’t see that…
- A man at our church was planning on singing a solo on Sunday morning. He is a very serious, manly-man, so we all sat there in silence, waiting for him to begin. But then, just as he was opening his mouth to sing, a high-pitched female operatic voice came pouring out of the speakers. Turns out the sound booth had accidentally played the cd version of the song. Everyone burst out laughing while he mouthed the words for a good five seconds before the female singer finally was cut off. It was the funniest thing to ever happen in a Sunday morning service, as long as I can remember.
- I stumbled across this list of annoying things to do in an elevator. It really spoke to me, because #1: I hate awkward silences in elevators; 2# I hate awkward conversations in elevators; and #3: Numbers 4 and 9 on this list both sound like things I would do in moments of extreme awkwardness.
- I can’t count the number of times, this week alone, someone has walked up to me and said, “Hi!” and I responded with “Good!” I mean, it may not be the most humiliating thing ever, but seriously, how awkward is that???
- I got distracted while driving the other night and didn’t make the right turn at a light. Instead, I drove forward into intense darkness, down a long and winding road that I did not know. No one in my family offered any supporting or encouraging words, but instead shared with me their usual comments of: “Ohmygoshwe’regoingtodiiiiiiieeeee!” and “Mom, do you really think Rachel should be allowed to drive us anymore???” When I finally found a road to turn the car around, I ended up nearly over steering into the wrong lane of traffic, all the while blinding my fellow drivers with my bright lights. We survived in the end, but everyone else took the rest of the car ride to squeal about how their lives flashed before their eyes. And how I am never driving by myself alone in the dark. Ever.
- My dad sent me this video, which is probably the only reason I am even publishing this post. Because I am now convinced that my calling in life is to share with everyone in the world how totally cute and adorable this old couple is. Elderly men shaking their hips is probably the most hilarious thing ever.
What happened to you this week?