Really Is The Best Medicine
By JOHN M. DERBY
September 21, 2017
was a joke told by a man who attended his class reunion
that hit our funny bone when we read it in our newspaper.
After a good laugh, we wondered whatever happened to the
laughter in our newspaper, or in news of the nation.
has become so serious.
there been no humor in all of this?
our age, laughter has become our salvation. Our body has
turned against us, and our mind can't remember worth a damn.
We can’t drink cocktails anymore, and we never could
smoke. But laughter is a gift that God has given us to make
it through hard times.
time after our heart by-pass surgery, our son came by the
hospital and asked if we wanted to hear a joke. “Of
course," we said, "we needed something to lighten
up the situation.”
was the wrong answer because the joke was so funny it stretched
the seams of our operation. The pain was more than we ever
expected, and we had to tell him to lay off the jokes until
we recover from the last one.
feel if you can’t laugh at life and the things which
happen around you, then you have only a half a life, maybe
less than that.
have never run the national weekly comics in the paper,
but there was a time when we always could fill an empty
space with a cartoon. We ran some of the best and they kept
our readers laughing. We are not sure whatever happened
to them. Maybe they're lost in computer layout.
when this country stopped laughing at itself, we decided
there was no sense continuing the cartoons and they just
fell by the wayside. After all there were times in past
wars and during 9/11 that this country did not laugh and
there was good reason.
years we prided ourself in always having a great joke as
we visited the butchers in the markets which advertised
with us. We could bet that a good joke would make it down
the Highway 99 corridor, from Sacramento to Merced, faster
than one could drive.
our joke would pass us up and someone would end up telling
it to us before we told it to them.
have never stopped laughing in our household. It is the
silver lining of our family and when all else seems to be
going wrong, we can still laugh.
loved the some of the old comedies with Abbott and Costello,
and “Who’s On First” never stops finding
our funny bone. While television labels many of their shows
"comedies," we sit through many of the them, and
never even smile.
we forgotten how to write real comedy? We have enjoyed the
home videos which have some great shots and they will get
a barrel roll laugh out of us.
someone should write the boys and girls in Congress and
say: “Why don’t you look at yourselves and see
how funny you are to the voting public.”
appear like the Hatfields and the McCoys trying to outdo
each other in public.
not just sit down together and laugh at what a mess you
have left this country in. The joke is that everyone else
is laughing at you.
is a country built on laughter, so just stop a minute and
let out a big hardly loud laugh.
will feel so much better. And maybe it will catch on.