Funny you should say that
“Struck, how come your stuff ain’t so funny anymore?” an old acquaintance said to me the other night.
Caught off guard, I had no answer and mumbled something like,” I’ll get better. You can’t always have your A Game on 24-hour call.”
But I got to thinking about the guy’s remarks on the way home, and later, I dug out a bunch of old columns to see if this old dog actually was slipping a bit.
In that large assortment of old columns, I discovered some that were funny, some vaguely amusing, some sensitive, heart-warming and poignant, and some didn’t deserve to see the light of day.
The next morning while showering and shaving, and with some country tunes rattling the toothbrush in its holder, I heard a song called “Life Happened.” It’s a candid little rendition of what happened to this high school couple destined for the bright lights of stardom.
Basically, life happened to them as the proverbial stars were knocked out of their eyes when they married, had children, and went to work to support and raise their families. We used to call it “settlin’ down” or “welcome to the cold, cruel world.”
I thought back to my younger adult years when all I recall worrying about was how to sneak out of work or the house to go play golf or tennis, and if the beer would be cold after the playing was done.
I thought about how footloose and carefree I was, with no big issues eating at me, my entire family all healthy and making an earnest go of it in this thing called life.
Looking back, Geez, I really enjoyed myself! Because of all this, maybe I used to be funnier.
Now, my world, your world, our world is much more serious since 9-11 and the mushrooming trend of those vile creatures loading their guns and bombs and slaughtering the innocents among us.
Besides that, as I scramble in a reduced capacity to cover all the bases in this god-forsaken corporate world, I’m finding that I miss my youth, I miss my Mom and Dad, I miss my niece, I miss my aunts and uncles and friends, and my first dog “Buster,” all forever gone and I can’t do a thing about it.
Life happens, after all, including the good, the bad and the ugly. And our only recourse is to love each other and show it, work hard to cope, and pray that our world soon becomes a better place.
In the meantime, I’ll try to be funny tomorrow.