Several weeks ago someone said “scuzzy cable” and I giggled. Since that time that person has managed to insert the word “scuzzy” into conversations while talking to me, just to see if he can get me to laugh. I do laugh. Every time. I can’t help it. But it also reminded me of something Chris used to do. Years ago Chris said “I can get Cindy to laugh at anything. Even dead Presidents.” Then he’d look at me and say “Abraham Lincoln” and I’d giggle. “Herbert Hoover.” Complete laughing. By the time he’d say “Richard Nixon” I’d be rolling on the floor with tears leaking out of my eyes from laughing so hard. I know Presidents are not funny, particularly the dead ones. It had nothing to do with a dead President, but with the suggestion of funny and the delivery.
One time we were all at my parents’ house and we were getting ready to sit down for dinner. The whole family was there and Mom had asked Dad three times if he’d “say the blessin’” but he’d managed to not hear her every time. Saying grace before a big family meal used to be something that we did, but it wasn’t something we had done in some time. But any way, we were all standing there waiting and Dad says “What are we waiting on?”. That’s when Katrina looked at him and yelled “We are waiting for you to say the blessing.” (She married into the family. She pronounces her g’s). Then Chris, with a low voice, says “Dear Lord…Please let this man hurry up and say grace so we can eat.” My Dad heard that and said “Amen!” and we ate. But I still can’t stop giggling over that moment. I’m laughing now as I type this.
Chris had the gift of delivery. It wasn’t just the line or phrase. Anyone can say something funny. No…the way Chris did it was an art. A ballet of words. He had the knack not just for developing the line in his head, but for waiting until the most precise moment to release that line to the public. He could make dead Presidents (Hell, even the ones not dead yet) the funniest thing you’ve ever heard.
Your turn. What’s the funniest thing you remember Chris saying?
Happy Love Thursday!