Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gratitude - Day 2 - Laughter

My husband, Rabbi Jem
(Day 2 of my series on Gratitude for the month of November)

I am so thankful for laughter, and especially that I'm married to a man who makes me laugh!

The picture above is of the oldest rabbi of Israel (aka my husband Jem).  He visited our Purim service, since he was in the area on a fishing vacation.  Jem loves to "cut up" as we call it in the South.  He is always coming up with jokes and mischief to make me and others laugh. 

Laughter and joy are a big part of Judaism, and Jem loves to tell jokes at our services.  Someone asked me, "Is he always like this?"  I answered, "This is where he's MOST serious!"  Oh, the stories I could tell of his shenanigans.  He is delightful and wakes up happy every morning....and he doesn't even drink coffee!! (Unlike myself)

He brings so much joy to the nursing home where my mama lives.  He brings jokes and stories and laughter to brighten their days, and everybody (staff included) loves to see him coming.

Laughter is so much a part of our life, and at our age, that's important.  We folks in the Golden Years can tend to get focused on ourselves and our aches and pains, you know.  Speaking of that, I read something this morning that I think will make you laugh, so enjoy!

1. The nicest thing about the future is. . . that it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can afford to operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

9. Scratch a cat . . . and you will have a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. - like, it could be the right number.

13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

14. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.

15. Be careful about reading the fine print. . . . there's no way you're going to like it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

17. Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)

18. Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.

19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.

20. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind . . . . and the ones that mind don't matter.

21. Life isn't tied with a bow . . . . . . . . but it's still a gift
And I say, Amain to that last one.  I am a blessed woman and so thankful to be alive. 
What makes you laugh? 
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