I think that one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to raise them in a home filled with laughter. I grew up in a home like that. My family was loud, sarcastic (in a good way), and funny as hell. To this day, when we get together, it’s still like that. We laugh. A lot. We’re a smaller family now, with both my parents gone, but we still reminisce about something mom or dad said and laugh like it just happened. My dad had a really dry sense of humor, while my mom had both a dry wit as well as a real appreciation for the ridiculous. Each of us kids inherited some or all of it, and we are now passing it on to our own kids much like some families pass on really bad ceramic figurines.

I just don’t get people that don’t have a sense of humor. I feel sorry for them. For example, years ago, at work, a girl was passing around one of those football pools — you know, the ones where everyone puts up a buck and you win based on the quarter scores. I hadn’t been having much luck over the past weeks, so I said that I probably should decline this time, that I’ll have more of a chance of winning if I just don’t play this week. With all the seriousness she could muster — I mean, heck, she was charged with the monumental task of circulating the football board — she turned, looked at me, and said, “Oh, no, you can’t win if you don’t buy a square.” No shit, Sherlock.

Funny doesn’t have to be pie-in-your-face (which, for the record, is not funny). There’s stuff on tv that is supposed to be funny that isn’t. We made fun of stuff that people intended to be humorous but didn’t come close. Hmmm. That’s what made it funny, perhaps. (Ever see a word repeated so many times that it starts to look, well, funny? That’s what’s happening to “funny” in this paragraph. Again, I digress. . .)

Life is too short to be taken too seriously. Whatever gets you going, enjoy it. Whether it’s the Three Stooges (no comment) or a really dumb name for a business (e.g. King’s Tire Shop, Barbershop, and Restaurant — no kidding — it’s here), you gotta find something to laugh at. And pass it on. Bring everybody down with ya, and enjoy the hell outta the ride.

Have a great weekend!