Have you ever had the experience of remembering something funny that happened earlier, and then starting to laugh about it again? Is this something that only happens to me and I just need to get better at being focused on the moment I’m in instead of thinking about funny stuff that already happened?
Or have you had this experience too?
Out of nowhere a funny memory pops into your head and you can’t help but laugh. And if there are other people around and they catch it, and you have to try to explain what’s so funny, then it becomes really awkward for one of several reasons:
- It was the “you had to be there” type funny that explaining it doesn’t do it justice so no one gets it and they just think you’re really weird
- They don’t believe you, and they think you’re laughing at them and lying about it, so now they’re all offended or self-conscious or just weirded out about it.
- Even if that person actually was there, and can verify that this thing happened and was indeed funny, now they and everyone else are wondering why you are thinking of this in the middle of your very important conversation about budget projections or grant reports.
So there’s no way out of it without making things awkward.
The other day I was at the coffee shop in our building and as I was checking out, I suddenly and for no real reason thought of something that had happened that morning and I just couldn’t control myself. Well I could, but I had to put my hand over my mouth and bite my lip to muffle the laughter. Luckily the cashier was swiping my credit card and not looking me in the eye at the time, so the situation never escalated to awkward-ville.
So what was so funny?
That morning while Kevin was in the shower, one of our cats, Bernie (no relation to any current Presidential candidate) was putzing around in our tiny bathroom. He kept pawing at the shower curtain – we have a bathtub shower, and I think he wanted to jump up on the tub ledge but the curtain was in the way.
All of a sudden, Bernie punches his paw at the curtain, right in front of where a bunch of empty shampoo bottles happen to be sitting, and the bottles all go clattering to the shower floor while Kevin is in there. Kevin is all “what the what?!” and in typical cat fashion, Bernie turns around and darts out of the bathroom all “wasn’t me!!“-like.
…and that’s it. That’s the story, guys. That’s the memory that made me almost lose it while I bought coffee. And the weird thing is, it is actually funnier as a memory than when it happened. I giggled a little when it happened but it’s like every time I remember it it gets funnier. I’m laughing right now, writing this post. Laughing.
I just had to put this out there because I’ve always wondered if I’m the only one who does this. Granted, it doesn’t happen that often, but since I’ve never seen anyone else randomly start laughing I just have to wonder if I’m the only one.
Also, since we’re on the subject of cats, let me tell you about our other one, Geno. No funny story but he is absolutely mesmerized by the bubbles in soda/pop and I think it’s a riot. The way he drops is head down and lets it hang there, still as a statue, watching those bubbles….