Trying to put a positive spin on today’s environment is kind of like taking a course entitled ‘Fun With Forensics’. It’s probably not going to be fun at all and you are really only worried about getting a passing grade. But, I’m sorry. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe there is something to be said for senility after all. But I can’t help looking for the humor in all this.
If my email is any indication, it would appear I am not alone. The creative minds among us are turning out some pretty funny stuff and, for me, it kind of takes the edge off. I have seen several jokes about home schooling like “my son said he hopes he has a new teacher next year” and “I did one week of home schooling. They all graduated. Done”. I also saw a cartoon showing a grave site in the back yard with a caption “Day 7 of quarantine. My wife has taken up gardening but won’t tell me what she is going to plant”. The grocery stores have started controlling how many people can enter at a time. They have an area taped off that says “line starts here”. The woman in front of me was grumbling about that. It didn’t bother me. If you’ve ever had to pee at an NFL game, you’ve already done this. No big deal.
I love this stuff. I think it is because it makes me smile. And, if I am going to smile, this is where I have to do it. Because, once I go out with my balaclava covering the bottom of my face and a ball cap covering most of the rest, no one knows what the hell I’m doing back there. You can even utter a few obscenities. Any show of emotion is futile. But it does give me an idea for a new cottage industry. Funny face masks. You could add your smile, or frown, or anything else to the mask. I went to Walmart today and saw a woman who’s mask had a cat nose and whiskers. You’ve got to like that.
The thing is, this virus is going to be with us for a while and, just like a visiting relative, you make the best of it and look forward to the day it’s gone. I also look forward to the day my store again has toilet paper, and egg roll wrappers. Never saw that one coming. And, I look forward to my next haircut. I had no idea it grew this fast. Another 30 days and I may consider macrame.
So, until that time, I will sit here laughing at my own jokes, drawing pictures in the dust on the table, talking to the squirrels, and playing ‘name that bark’ with the dogs. It’s all good. Just sayin.