Monday, December 11, 2006

Ambiguous Tears

Once a guy begins writing comedy, he views the world differently. Political correctness has to take a back seat because life really is funny. Even when it’s not. There’s really no appropriate way to introduce certain topics without sounding crass. I’ll just begin:

So I’m at this funeral…actually, yesterday there was a viewing of our friend. Indeed, he looked peaceful with his arms folded and his rosary in his hands. As my wife and I stood paying our respects, another person came up and commented, “He sure looks good, doesn't he?”

“Looks good? Compared to what? I hate to split hairs but I’ve seen him look much better than this. You know, with his eyes open and breathing and stuff.”

That’s what I wanted to say. Instead, I smiled in agreement.

Maybe that woman’s comment wasn’t that funny. In a sad atmosphere, caring people want to say something that will ease the pain without using a cliché; often, they try a bit too hard. Even in death we’re all human. And funny.

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