Tuesday, March 16, 2010

There Are Nuclear Bombs In My Blood

Some of my jokes work.

Most don't.

I get it.

Growing up I watched my dad test his puns like nuclear weapons over Nevada. I would roll my eyes and think...really?
I have become my father. I try to not be punny. I try to not find the humor in a ball of lint, but the humor is everywhere and it taunts me. I hear it scratching at my brain and suddenly I'm saying something that if it works will get a laugh. And if it doesn't?? Just roll your eyes folks cause I'll probably try again sooner rather than later.
I worry sometimes I have hurt people's feelings, especially people who are just getting to know me or that I'm so comfortable with that my self deprecation and tendency to be sarcastic gets too close for comfort.
I remember my mom telling me some people would get annoyed with my father for comments he made. I get it now. He was trying to be funny. His identity was in being funny.
I hide behind humor. It's my trusty shield and has served me well in a life that's had some tough spots. If I leave someone laughing, maybe they will like me or think I'm fun or forget that sometimes life hurts and there can be joy. I'm still working out the kinks. And those of you who know me well, know that for every one laugh, there's ten that fall flat.

A little humor goes a long way, but I can't help it, I LOVE funny...it's in my blood.


Kristina P. said...

I NEVER use puns. :)

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

Yea! I love it when you post! And I could've written this one too! My dad is exactly that way and most me and my siblings naturally face life's challenges by laughing at them rather than crying at them. :)

Christie Gardiner said...

Um, your humor is part of what makes you YOU. I love it. If you can't laugh at life, what's the point?

Lara said...

My husband is the same way, and funnily enough, many people just don't get his deadpan humor. Sometimes even I don't! And that makes it all the funnier to him.

You keep on being funny. Many people appreciate it, I know.

Cami said...

I have the same bombs from my dad. In fact, Cam has adopted them so well, I'm constantly accusing him of becoming more of a Mortensen than I was.
You know that you make me laugh until I drown in a simple glass of water.
I'm still waiting for that NM poem. :)

Christine said...

Hey! I've missed you! Thanks for your comment. I've been wondering how you're doing. And for the record, I think you're hilarious.

Jeana said...

You're truly one of the funniest and most clever people I know. Spending an afternoon (or morning) with you is one of the highlights of my life! Thank you for being you and for being punny, funny, and all the above!

Stacey said...

I echo "The Kooky Queen"...I could have written that too. Sometimes my husband looks at me and says, "That wasn't funny, so stop laughing at yourself". I can't help it. I laugh at the dumbest things. And you're right, there is humor EVERYWHERE!!! I'm so glad there's people like us and all your other dedicated followers who can find humor in the silliest or unlikeliest places. Life would be so boring without all of us :)

For the record, you are hilarious, and always have been...and I KNOW funny :) I always leave your presence with a HUGE smile on my face. Thanks for being you! Love you :)

Erin said...

Life is definitely meant to be enjoyed, isn't it? And that means making jokes and being funny! Keep on trying!

mintifresh said...

I love your humor! I always have a problem with crossing that line. Most of the time, I'm pretty sure I shouldn't speak at all. but I just can't help myself! ;)