The doctor rests her stethoscope against my back saying,”Take a deep breath.” It’s a routine part of my physical.
Not now. Nothing’s routine these days, so I’ve rescheduled my annual physical and cancelled my membership in Weight Watchers. Until I rejoin, it’s up to me to practice social distancing from the refrigerator and pantry.
As for taking a deep breath, I never gave breathing much thought, until recently.
There’s nothing like a crisis to increase gratitude or grumbling, and I’ve done both.
Still, it feels like there’s something churning for good, not so much a yearning for yesterday as a longing for something better to emerge. Cracks come and some assumptions crumble. Light enters and Hope says,” anything’s possible.”
We hear stories of people doing what they can with what they have. They’re making music, waving behind windows, sewing masks, applauding healthcare workers, for Goodness sake.
Some days hope comes with a laugh from family or friends.
1.A sign on a church bulletin board: “Wash hands and do not touch face” Hygenesis 24:7
2. A friend’s daughter observed this in a supermarket. A man stood in the aisle, cart overflowing with toilet paper. Upon seeing it, a woman berated him for hoarding and selfishness. When she paused to take a breath, the man calmly said. “I agree it would be selfish but now I need to finish restocking the shelves.”
3. Have you wondered where all the toilet paper went? “The roll was called up yonder.”
4. A piece of advice suggested, “to protect yourself just wear a mask and gloves when you go to the grocery store.” Someone wrote back,”You lied. When I got there everyone else had on clothes.”
Laughter, like hope and kindness, is highly contagious.
Lets spread some.
Did you hear the one about?
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A little boy in my neighborhood, standing about 10 ft. away yelled,”What does a sea monster eat?” I don’t know…
“Fish and Ships!”
Keep ’em coming, Susan.
Keep ‘ um coming. I’m totally stealing that number 4. I’m still laughing.
That was my favorite,too.
Hearty laughing (David and me) in our living room just now, Jan. Sweet-tasting medicine for the current malady . . .
Holy hilarity. Great to see your faces coming from Maine yesterday via Zoom church.
I once sent in ten puns to a contest, hoping that at least one of them
would make someone laugh. But, unfortunately, no pun in ten did.
We circulate such wisdom daily among our 102 residents in our condo association. Before the crisis, most of us had little to do; now we have more little.
Blessings dear friend, Dale
You’re always good for a laugh, Dale It’s kept us friends from a distance before distancing became a way of life. Praying for you all in Michigan.
Do you know how to get straight A’s in school?
Use a ruler.
No wonder I never got straight As.
Thanks, Jan., Kathy and I laughed out loud. You might enjoy our church humor page that is part of the virtual outreach of Christ Church Denver: https://www.christchurchlive.org/cv19humor.
Thank you, Dan and Kathy. Happy to send some laughter to Colorado, out first home after Jud and I married. You have the visual aid for, “I look up to the mountains–does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth.” Psalm 121:1 NLT
Keep smiling and keep looking up! He’s got the whole world in his hands!
You had me chuckle when I read #4. Thanks.
Chuckling counts as laughter.
Thanks Jan! I’m still laughing and sending it on to my girls! You and I have always had fun laughing.
Laughter heals and connects. We need both at this time, don’t we, dear Sharon.
Hope and humor (top drawer!) Keep ’em coming. We’ll raise your salary…
Nothing would please me more.
Loved it, Jan. Keep us laughing! Pat
Just thinking of you and Diane makes me laugh. Fun times at MSU.