Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Spring Masterpiece? Please include humor!

I'm six days in, to a ten-day break from work: so far, so good.

In addition to paying my taxes today, I've been catching up on some correspondence: my son, a co-worker, a former professor, and an old friend -- not necessarily in that order. Actually, I started with who I owed a response to the longest. I was about a month behind. (Last of all, comes this blog. I'm a bit behind here too.)

My writing is often reflective, as I'm sure you've noticed. Someone once said, "I don't know what I really think about something until I write about it." That's what happens when I write: I find out what I think about things.

A co-worker recently wrote this as part of an exchange on FaceBook, after we had established that sometimes I am a royal pain, she wrote: "True, true - (but) I like your talent of caring, working hard, ever learning, knowing scripture and making your co-workers laugh!"  My favorite part of her quote is "...and making your co-workers laugh!" 

Another co-worker's husband quotes John Wooden on FaceBook: "Make each day your masterpiece."

One of my favorite things about my co-workers is that we make each other laugh. 

Recently, a co-worker asked, "Now what are you laughing about?"

I replied, "You. Again."

And we both laughed.

It seems that many of us at work take turns providing comic relief for each other, and most of the time, it's not on purpose. 

But that's what makes our daily work at school a masterpiece: We make each other laugh!

Sometimes we chuckle.

Sometimes we just say, Tsssss...

Laughter: it's a wonderful addition to our daily masterpieces.

Laugh on! (Or at least say, Tsssss...)


  1. Laughter: it's a wonderful addition to our daily masterpieces. -- Love that line Don.

    I'm going to take your advice. With all this job hunting stress, we need a good dose of laughter around my house. Thanks!

  2. @September: You found the best line in the piece! (And I seem to think that laughter generally lives at your house.)

    Jimmy Buffet sheds some light on the need:
    "With these changes in latitudes,
    changes in attitudes
    Nothing remains quite the same
    With all of my running
    and all of my cunning
    If I couldnt laugh I just would go insane
    If we couldnt laugh we just would go insane
    If we werent all crazy we would go insane"

    Keep smiling!

  3. For me too writing and thinking is often a parallel process. I often start writing long before I've decided what I really think - I discover that along the way.

  4. That is wonderful that you work in an environment where laughter is present. Laughter certainly makes things right in the world. Just reading about it made me smile. :) I am just like you in that I have to write things down first in order to really 'hear' what I am thinking. I don't know where I'd be without my journals and pen.

  5. @Dawn: You and me both. Writing is kind of like drawing/doodling. Sketches can lead to drawings, sentencing can lead to paragraphing. Paragraphing can lead to drafting, can lead to short pieces. I usually don't go further than that. ;-)

  6. @Angela: Even as a kid I enjoyed joke books, comedy shows, and MAD magazine. Humor is another creative outlet for intelligence. Word play, double meanings, it can all be great fun. Absurdity can be funny too. Kids too are often just hilarious, sometimes on purpose, but most often accidently: just like us.