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2013-08-29 / Church

THEY SAID IT

Life Lessons from Hospice Patients

God has One Wacky Sense of Humor

“It’s a banner day! I combed my hair,” Nancy chirped.

Nancy is one of the funniest people I’ve known. She didn’t tell jokes. She didn’t need to. Almost everything that came out of her mouth was hilarious.

Here are some of my favorites:

“How am I? Old, honey. Old.”

“That woman said I was her best friend and I don’t know her from a can of paint!”

“My get up and go done got up and went.”

“Spit it out, boy. I don’t have time to doddle. I’m dying here!”

“I’ve known you ever since I met you.”

“Well, ain’t that the cat’s pajamas!”

One day we were actually talking about humor. Nancy jumped all over that subject.

“Well, I figure God is the funniest guy around. I mean, he’s the best at everything, right? That makes him the wittiest dude in the universe,” she said. “And even a bat could take one look at you and tell God has a wacky sense of humor!”

I’m glad Nancy felt safe enough with me to pull out her laughter gun. Life is tough enough already, isn’t it? Learning to laugh at ourselves may be one of our most practical life skills.

Yes, people do sometimes hide behind humor. Oh well. It’s better than most of the other smokescreens we could choose.

“Nancy, you really are one of the funniest people I’ve met,” I said.

“Oh honey, thank you. By the way, how long is it going to take you to leave?”

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice. Visit him on his website at www.garyroe.com

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