Note: I pulled this from the archives. Thanksgiving is a really difficult time for me and rather than post a completely new rendition of the same old thing, I decided to cheat. And just so you know, I'm taking this book with me to work so I can have a few laughs before the big day.
Have you ever been told some news that was so shocking, it felt as though someone knocked you upside the head with a skillet? That's how my life has been for several years now. Seems like every time I turn around there's another person standing in front of me with a skillet in their hands. It's enough to make a person hide under the bed and never answer the door.
The news -- your son is gay, your mom has cancer, your child tried to kill themself, and "Mom, I'm dropping out of school," -- is devasting and inconceivable. Daily life became surreal as I would make the bed, feed the dog, buy the groceries. My body was on autopilot. The scars can't be seen by others, but the ringing in my ears gets so loud others must be able to hear it!
But in the midst of it all there are small blessings of laughter. My dear friend gave me a book titled I'm So Glad You Told Me What I Didn't Wanna Hear, by Barbara Johnson. It is full of little morsels that melt the lump in my throat. I read it a couple of years ago and, now that my son has moved back home (Edit: He moved out almost two years ago and I haven't seen or heard from him since. I call him once a week and leave a message on his voice mail just to tell him I love him.), I am reading it again.
Here are some of my favorites:
~I need some of my problems to help take my mind off some of the others.
~Blessed are they who clip coupons, for they shall be redeemed.
~Sometimes my mind is so uncomfortable, I wish I could go somewhere and take it off.
~It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips.
~We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.
~Remember, every cloud has a silver lining . . . and sometimes a bolt of lightning.
~Time wounds all heels.
~The more you complain, the longer God lets you live
~One way to handle stress: Lie on your back to eat celery, using your navel as a salt dipper.
~Just when I nearly had the answer, I forgot the question.
~If you have the same problems I have . . . please seek help immediately!
~Most people have minds like concrete: mixed up or permanently set.
~Break out dancing every now and then . . . it'll help pass the time until they come to take you away.
~Do NOT come in out of the rain.
Hope these have brought a little laughter to your day.