This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for…Laughter

November 20, 2019


Traditionally Thanksgiving is our time to reflect on families, friends, and blessings.  It’s an opportunity to share stories…and laugh.  The spirit of laughter and comedy prompted a few observations and tales, some personal and others from the separate worlds of church and human resources.  Very light-hearted and having very little to do with my typical occupational dialogues. 


Happy Thanksgiving…and enjoy. 


An observation:  As we head into the winter months many of our friends further north begin to deal with the perils of navigating winter driving conditions.  Especially in some of the areas of the Mid-South where frozen precipitation is a less common occurrence and road clearing equipment is rare, one of the most oft heard refrains is, “people just don’t know how to drive in the snow and ice around here.”  When I’ve asked the question, “where is it that people know to how drive in these conditions?,” I’ve yet to receive a confident reply.  What about you?


Gender reveal celebrations are an invention of our modern era.  Prior to technological innovation a baby’s sex was commonly unknown until delivery.  Had a chuckle at my neighbor’s recent post on Facebook:  “ I recently went to a gender reveal gathering and discovered I was the only one there naked…”


As a former Human Resources professional I appreciate these tidbits: 


“An individual applied for a customer service job, and when asked what he might not like about the job, he said, ‘Dealing with people.’” 


“I had somebody list their prison time as a job.  And an exotic dancer who called herself a ‘customer service representative.’” 


“Someone once blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her.”  Gross!


“We ask prospective job applicants at our business to fill out a questionnaire.  For the line ‘Choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute,’ one woman wrote, ‘I’m very good at following instructions.’”


“A guy once talked during the interview about how an affair cost him a previous job.” 


Amusing anecdotes can be gleaned from of all places, the church, where not only is the order of worship listed in the bulletin, but often information about upcoming events as well.  A couple that may have raised a few eyebrows:


“The Pastor would like to announce the formation of a group for new mothers.  All women desiring to be a part of the new mother’s group are invited to join the Pastor in his study after the worship service.”


Or this one:  “Don't let worry kill you off - let the church help.”


How ‘bout this misprint:  “Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.”


Here are some announcements that have been communicated at worship service:


“This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Johnson to come forward and lay an egg on the Altar.” 


“This afternoon there will be a baptismal service in both the south and north ends of the church.  Children will be baptized at both ends.”


“For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.”


A couple from my personal inventory:


Growing up, my parents rarely hosted company.  I recall one time they were entertaining another couple who they wanted to favorably impress.  My mother told the story that as one of the guests requested a scotch on the rocks, she moved swiftly to intercept my father from a hike to the backyard to gather up a few pebbles… 


Back in the day of full-service gas stations, my Brother-In-Law at the time attempted a prank at the naïveté of my sister.  As part of a list of errands he recommended she take her car to the service station and request the attendant bleed the air out of her tires and replenish them with new fresh air, suggesting that it is a common maintenance practice to do so.  Upon arrival and making her wishes known, the quick thinking employee recognized the ruse and asked for her husband’s phone number.  His statement and question to him:  “It is good to have a regular air maintenance schedule for your tires.  Now exactly what kind of new air would you like?”  Had!


Here’s wishing that the air you breathe is fresh and new and that Thanksgiving is filled with joy and laughter!


The Seed Sower