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Time for a Little Humor

To celebrate Labor Day, I am devoting today’s post to humor. I do this occasionally, because I firmly believe we must never lose our sense of humor. We can let go of many other things—our youth, our good looks, our dreams of winning the lottery, and even our perfect health—and we can still lead a basically happy life as long as we hang on to our sense of humor. So here are a few items to help make you smile (or groan).

First, a couple of pictures:

Fun with words:

My uncle named his pups Rolex and Timex. They’re his watch dogs!

Stealing someone’s coffee is called mugging.

Pasteurize: too far for you to see.

The other day I held the door open for a clown. It was a nice jester.

I’ve been to many places, but I’ve never been to Kahoots. Apparently, you can’t go there alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

Okay, okay, I can hear you groaning, so let’s move on to some Fun Facts:

Only three countries don’t use the metric system: Myanmar, Liberia, and the U.S.

NFL Super Bowl referees also get Super Bowl rings.

Monaco’s orchestra is bigger than it’s army. (There’s something I really like about that fact… I wish other countries would follow their example!)

The word “strengths” is the longest word in the English language with only one vowel.

Candy Corn was originally called Chicken Feed.

One quarter of all your bones are located in your feet. (Let’s hear it for our feet—and for all those foot doctors! Rah! Rah!)

How about a few words of wisdom:

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Never buy a car you can’t push.

Save the earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate.

The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.

And now, let’s hear from our children:

On Father’s Day, a single Mom received a card from her 8-year-old son who wrote: “Thank you for being the best 2 parents rolled into one!”

A father told his little girl that he had to go to work to get money for their vacation. The little girl ran into her bedroom and returned with her purse. She said to him, “I’ve been saving this money so you don’t have to go to work anymore!”

On her little boy’s first day of school, he was supposed to take a big yellow school bus. But his mother was leery of his being on that bus filled with all older kids. She told him she would drive him to school instead. But he told her, “Mommy, I’ve got to grow up and be a big boy one of these days.” She smiled and said to him, “Thank you.” A few minutes later, she watched her “big boy” get on the bus.

A little girl said, “If you want something expensive, ask your grandparents.”

At bedtime, a little boy told his mother, “The monster that lives under my bed wants another cookie.”

A mother was waiting to take her preschooler to school for the first time. She found him in the bathroom rubbing his arms and legs with her body lotion. He said to her, “I want to smell like you all day.”

And finally, some more pictures:

Did anything today make you smile? Do you want to add another smile to today’s blog? If so, comment below!

PS: I hope to have my blog updated and running soon! It will have a new look and hopefully our problems with subscribing will be resolved! Warning: my blog might be down for a few days as we make this transition.

As Christians, we can smile and laugh regularly because we believe the Good News of the Gospel. This song, by Marty Haugen, captures the basis of our joy: “We Walk by Faith.” This means we remember how much God loves us… and that God is with us always every step of our earthly journey:

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18 Responses

  1. Leaving for the Camino de Santiago in less than two weeks. Your video shared today was a wink from God. Thank you for this and for all your words of encouragement shared not only with me but with so many others…..

    1. Hello Sister,
      What a FUN way to start the day I was laughing and crying all the way through,thank you!
      I’ve read your scripture reflections MANY times in Living Faith 🙂 which I read each morning.
      I googled you for the first time this morning after I read today’s reflection Mary:One of Us
      Thank you for sharing your faith journey.
      I hope to continue following your entries here❣

      1. Rita, So glad these short things could make you laugh–and even cry! Yes, I’ve been writing for “Living Faith” for decades now. I too love this little publication! I start my day with it every morning too! I appreciate your kind words about my writing. Thanks for your comment! Melannie

  2. All of these made me smile, laugh, or groan — sometimes at the same time! Didn’t know NFL officials got Super Bowl ring too. Here’s one for your collection: bookkeeper, the only word in our language with three consecutive double letters! Happy Labor Day!

    1. John, I’m glad these could elicit smiles, laughs, and groans from you! I too didn’t know that about those coveted Super Bowl rings. And I like your addition of the fun word “bookkeeper”! Isn’t the English language a marvel? Thanks for writing! Melannie

  3. Hi Sister…all of the ones from children made me laugh, but I was particularly touched by two: the little boy who gave his single Mom a card of thanks for being the best two parents and the one where the boy was rubbing lotion because he wanted to smell like his Mom. Oh, the wisdom of children! Thank you for these and for all your blog posts. By the way, I’m congratulating myself, because I actually read your blog the same day you posted it, rather than several weeks after the fact!
    Christine Bianco

    1. Hi Christine, I too was touched by the little boy rubbing lotion on himself so he could smell his mother all day… I know when a child loses a parent, sometimes they make a small blanket for that child from some of the clothes of the missing parent. It seems to bring comfort to the child… Thanks for writing! Melannie

    1. Rose, Your comment reminded me of a sister I once lived with. She was in her mid-forties. She came to breakfast one Saturday morning walking stiffly and holding her lower back. She said, “When I got out of bed this morning, I asked myself, ‘When did I get my mother’s back?'” When everything “works,” we tend to take those things for granted, don’t we? … Thanks for your wise reflection, Rose–and in so few words too! Melannie

  4. Sister Melanie, Preparing for Mass tomorrow, I skipped ahead, in Give Us This Day, to find your reflection. As always…your writings are powerful, and so relatable. And I’m pretty sure I heard God’s voice! Living in Kansas City, I am a Cleveland transplant, a graduate of Ursuline College (‘71), a retired Catholic school teacher, and (dare I say?) a Czech. (Or as my dear father would correct: “Bohemian! We are the Intelligentsia!”). Thank you for your humor and showing us God is closer to us than we can even imagine.

  5. I have always loved your reflections in Living Faith and your books! Thank you ! This is the first time I have looked up your blog, although I intended to for years! How is that for procrastination! Thank you for your faith and the wisdom you impart to us.

    1. Just read today’s reflection in ‘Give us this day’. It sounded like me reflecting on all those things…and finding God speaking to me!!!. What a blessing! Afterwards, checked your blog, and ANOTHER blessing!! I needed those laughs today🤣😄!! Looking forward to following your blog!

  6. Reading your reflection on the Psalm for today (9/10) lead me to your webpage. I always find your reflections rich in insight. What is on your blog warmed my heart and certainly made me smile. Thank you!

  7. I love the reflection, “If Today You Hear God’s Voice…” The images of whale, newborn fingernails, photosynthesis…are very moving.
    If I may share a way I often hear God’s voice it is through the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra! We are so blessed to have JoAnne Falletta as our conductor. God speaks thru her baton as well! Thank you for this reflection and your spiritual nourishment!

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