The Norman Transcript

November 7, 2013

Funny bone ticklers


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — One of the best things you can do for your physical and emotional health, your marriage, and relationships in general is to laugh and give others the opportunity to laugh as well.

Laughter is truly a universal language among humans and even in some members of the animal kingdom. While humans laugh at the antics of animals, the reverse in not the case. At least, no animal has written a thesis disproving this belief. However, under comfortable social conditions puppies, apes and even rats emit a laughter type response.

Some folks (few acquaintances and relatives included) lack a sense of humor and do not understand what constitutes real humor. Consequently, when they say something they think is funny, it is usually hurtful to the person on the receiving end. On the other hand, the same people do not like laughter at their expense, even though some of the things they do are funny.

Fortunately, Hubby, our children, my boss (aka cyber lawyer) and most people I associate with have a well developed funny bone.

Cyber lawyer has a calm disposition, unlike his mercurial assistant. This was apparent the other day when he approached the assistant’s desk and said, “I think we need to call technical support because I spilled my tea all over my laptop.” It was one of those you-made-my-day moments.

My father, the antithesis of anything remotely similar to a chef, was forced to cook for himself after mother died. Although he liked to eat, he looked upon the cooking process as a necessary nuisance and devised “clever” shortcuts. Instead of microwaving a baked potato as needed, he covered the bottom of the microwave with as many potatoes as it would hold. Then he looked surprised when the potatoes burst into flames. His expression was worth the sacrifice of cremated spuds.

Pity the poor mechanic or repairman when a non-mechanical person attempts to diagnose and explain a car problem or a machine problem.

During my college years, I was unfamiliar with the correct terminology when it came to car illnesses. As a result, the mechanic on duty had to visibly smother his laughter and was partially successful as I explained that my “car has asthma.” Well, in medical terms it did because it was wheezing. It was all good because he fixed whatever the problem was. Now, that’s a good mechanic.

Recently, our workhorse copier/printer/jack of all trades refused to cooperate. When the repairman arrived, I told him the copier sounded like it was having a heart attack. Well, its valves or something were clicking and clacking. Isn’t that how overworked heart valves sound? The poor fellow’s face turned red and his body jiggled as he laughed.

Some of the conversations at work can be “OMG did you really say that” moments.

I was telling two women that I once referred to pectoral muscles as “pecs” but the word that emerged was another body part. So blondie pipes up. “These are my pecs,” she said pointing to her biceps. Then she pointed to her throat and said something about “my jugular vein”. Life is interesting in the neighborhood.

Last but not least, Hubby had to change a light bulb the other day. He climbed up the step ladder, unscrewed the light fixture cover and inserted the new bulb. “This bulb doesn’t work,” he growled. The spouse who is biting her lip not to laugh asks, “Did you turn the light on?” And when the switch was flipped, there was light.

“I thought the light was already on,” he says with a sheepish grin.

“Whatever gave you that idea? The room was dark.”

We’re still laughing about that little gem.

Laughter binds us together on a visceral level. Based on personal observation, couples, families and friends who laugh together tend to be content people.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her novels “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man” are available on amazon.com. Visit her website, www.elizabethcowan.com.

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