This One’s For Me

I have always enjoyed a good joke, and sadly, those that are not so good.  It seems that I have always had a casual relationship with humor.  Like a couple of buddies, we have always felt comfortable in each others company.  Laughing has always been an inherent requirement that has forced me to look for the positive in my world.  Actually, I think it is what provided my sanity.

My wife of many years was fond of saying “no one enjoys your jokes more then you do” and, although I never acknowledged it, she was right.  A good joke to me is not about the quality or tenor.  It can be subdued, silly, abstract, thoughtful, or deprecating,  If it isn’t mean, it is fair game. But there should be as much joy in the telling as there is in the hearing.  Laughing, like wine, is best when shared.

Writing is a lot like that.  When I first decided to take up the pen (or as some friends suspect, the quill) I was hesitant to let anyone read my words.  It wasn’t until after a lot of coaxing and encouragement from a good friend that I jumped into the abyss.  Looking back now, I muse about why I was so reluctant to share myself on paper.  I was never going to be a Longfellow or Emerson nor did I ascribe to be.  It seems rather that I was afraid that other people would not like what I wrote.  And therein lay my peril.  I thought I had to write for other people to gain acceptance.  I had to figure out what you wanted to hear and then write about that.

Well, so much for that.  It took a while, but I finally figured out that sharing a thought was a lot like sharing a joke.  You never knew if the other guy was going to laugh, but you did, so it was worth the telling.  I finally understood that the reason I like to write is because it gives me a sense of pleasure.  If you like it too, then it’s a win win. 

So, with all due respect to my wife, I will continue to laugh at my own jokes and  enjoy the satisfaction that writing provides because when all is said and done, ‘this one’s for me’.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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11 Responses to This One’s For Me

  1. Great perspective Oldmainer, and I’m glad you took up the Craft. We are all better for it.


  2. quiall says:

    And I am glad you continue to laugh at your jokes cuz I do too!


  3. nancymcminn says:

    Good One.


  4. scifihammy says:

    Hear Hear! That’s exactly why you should write – and keep on entertaining us all. 😀


  5. George says:

    Amen to that!!. Im so glad you took up this blog and continue to voice your thoughts. I thin many people, when they begin writing here, have the same thoughts and concerns about acceptance. But as you say, this one’s for you. Somewhere, your wife is smiling..:)


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