Humor helps with perspective
Not a day passes where there aren't emails and memes coming through via email or trusty phone, a photo of someone doing something totally inane, or a spot-on joke, all with the idea of helping us move through this coronavirus, stay-in-place, social distancing sludge or reality we're enduring.
But, you know, those jokes do help us get through another day of relative limited sameness, of working from home or, worse, not working but staying home anyway.
Maybe I'm just old and not very hip or edgy, but nearly all of the jokes, photos and memes thrown my way are suitable for a family newspaper. Figured why not share some.
One poked fun at people who had taken on less-than-spectacular roommates because, well, they wouldn't be home much anyway. Maybe that same guy noted out loud that there were still nine months left in 2020. A few musings later, the same jokester got to thinking that a sure spinoff from the shut-in orders — about nine months or so from now, there will likely be a lot of babies born … and we'll call them Coronials.
Among the funniest angles of shut-in humor are the jokes addressing parents now having to, somewhat at least, home-school their kids. When asked how things were going, one parent supposedly replied: "Not bad, but the two students both just got expelled for fighting, and the teacher got fired for drinking on the job."
But the punishments must have been rescinded because the following day, the same parent noted how one of the students had announced that they were really hoping for a different teacher next year. Then, on day five of home-schooling, the teacher-administrator-janitor reported that "one of these little monsters called in a bomb threat."
The relatively new order to wear masks in public has inspired a few hilarious memes of people with what they, I suppose, think are safe facial masks. One lady was walking through a store with one of those upside-down lampshade collars they put on dogs so they won't bite themselves after an operation. Her idea of a face shield, I guess. Another woman was photographed in a checkout line with scuba headgear on, including goggles and breathing apparatus. Yep, that should keep her safe.
A lot of the jokes have to do with eating, out of boredom, and, of course, being forced to — eke! — eat at home.
One guy talked about going to a "restaurant" called THE KITCHEN, where one has to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. "I have no clue how this place is still in business," he states.
More on home-cooking: Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks, it was said. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
One of the new experts in cooking wondered why in the world no one has yet invented windows in toasters so you could see how toasted your toast was. That's kind of funny, but oddly enough, also a good question.
One joke warned about the dangers of overeating while being in home jail and suggested everyone try your jeans on every few days just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
Making light of not being able to travel about provided good fodder. Some of my favorites: "Still haven't decided where to go for Easter — the living room or the bathroom."; "I'm so excited — it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?" and "I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda."
On the better 6feet apart than 6feet under category (and a bit on the dark side), one guy wasn't too upset about the 6-foot distance he needed to keep from his misses, saying, "That's 94 feet closer than the restraining order says!"
Then there's this missive that's not only funny but helps us realize how less-than-tragic most of us have it in this crisis. "Many of our parents and grandparents were asked to go to war. We're asked to stay home and do nothing … and to not hoard toilet paper."
Suppose it wouldn't be a recap of coronavirus humor without something about TP. Here's another I came across: "I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe."
The humor, good, bad or a miss altogether, at least lets us know we are coping with the situation in a very human way, and that's a good sign. We are learning we can handle it, that we can endure much more than we think we can.
The coronavirus spring of 2020 has been extremely difficult for many, heartbreaking, of course, with the widespread sickness and death, but also with the multitudes of American dreams shattered by businesses folding, and hundreds of thousands of people across the country who suddenly lost jobs. Just brutal. But the dark period has also provided lights of inspiration as we witness what the medical profession is tackling, with the amount of charity and support people are stepping up to provide, with the unity throughout communities.
It also has provided us all with an opportunity to freshen our sense of what's important. A sense of humor? Yep, very important. It's right up there with a good sense of perspective. In fact, humor helps us find perspective.
Stay safe and keep smiling.
Tony Ahern, Publisher
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