Blog 1060 – 07.20.2018
The Humor Is All Around Us
My Emily (and she wasn’t just mine but everyone who came to know her in life and through stories and songs even afterwards) my Emily, had a wonderful sense of humor and sometime could not get through her own jokes with out breaking up in infective laughter. She would have loved the Applebee’s napkin that the waitress set my Brisk raspberry fountain tea on yesterday. I am not one who sets great store in celebrating anniversaries. I do my best to celebrate today. As the folks who believe this life is all there is say, (and I believe there have been several lives before and will be endless more)”Any day above ground is a good day.” I think our focus should always be on today, to get the most out of this life. Having said that, yesterday was six years since my Emily left this stage. I’d say I miss her but I do not. Her laughter and her songs are still ringing in my ears as if she is only in the next room. I know that I will turn a corner some day and see her smiling face again. And indeed I still do, in every flower, every child, every smiling young person, and every older adult, that she did not get to be here in her last go round.
Instead of a “curtain call” perhaps the joke is on us and we have just many and varied repeat performances ahead of us and not so much till we get it right as till we get it all. One of the Apostle Paul’s great opening phrases as translated in the King James Version of the Bible is, “And I believe God…” Though many of my Christian friends fear that I do not any longer, I actually do. It is just that I see the whole Life, Death, and Taxes thing in a new way (In case you missed the allusion, Life, Death, and Taxes are said to be life’s only certainties, and I threw in Life as without it the other two seem inconsequential.) and yes, I too, sometimes get lost in my meandering parenthetical phrases. Ha, no matter, the point is just, “Chill” we all have to find God, our true higher self, in our own way, and in our own time. And I happen to think, now, that more likely it is a lifetime after lifetime thing.
Other expressions that I have heard used in question form are, “Where is your sense of humor?” and “Don’t believe God has a sense of humor? Just look in the mirror.” There I hope you will always see a smiling, friendly face, much like I remember my Emily’s with those bright shining eyes holding back a chuckle. Indeed humor is all around us.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Still celebrating this Life and Emily,