Strange things happen to me. It’s always been like that, especially as an adult. No matter how odd, I try to always see the humor in it, and make fun of myself. As I write this, I have a splint on my left arm, breaking my wrist after falling in my bedroom a few nights ago. Excuse any typos, if I miss them. It’s taking me forever to type this!
Sometimes I feel like I’m in a sitcom, but someone forgot to tell me that I’m the star! When I was about 6 months pregnant with my oldest daughter, I fainted at the grocery store. I happened to be in the baby aisle, and had just picked up a package of diapers (always planning ahead). The next thing I knew, I was on my back, looking up, with store employees looking down at me, offering to call someone. My feet were propped up on the diapers I had just picked up! I was really embarrassed, but could laugh about it then and now!
A year or so after that, I went to the store, and because I lived in a cold climate, I had to walk through two sets of automatic double doors to get into the store. I walked through the first set, completely expecting the next set to open. They didn’t. I stopped and waited. The first set of doors closed behind me. I pushed on the next doors, and they wouldn’t open. I tried to go back out, and those doors wouldn’t open either. I was stuck in the little entryway, between the two sets of doors! I knocked on the doors to get someone’s attention, and some boys came over to help…..but they didn’t know what to do. The doors were stuck. I was stuck. Other customers were trying to get in. I told them I couldn’t open the doors. Some of them acted annoyed with me, as I paced in the entryway, like a zoo animal! The store employees told the other customers to go around to the other doors, while they got a manager to figure out what to do. They ended up getting an electrician, and it all turned out okay…..except, I left without getting the items I went in to get in the first place because I was too embarrassed to stay! But now I laugh….
Another time I walked to my car in a parking lot, and found a bird sitting on my gear shift…inside my car! I left my sun roof open, and I guess he decided he needed to take a little rest in my car for a few minutes. The dancing and screaming that followed, while I opened all the doors and tried to shoo him out must have been comical to other people in the parking lot, but I was ready to have a nervous breakdown! Now I can laugh…..
I’ve had lizards land on my windshield while I’m driving, frogs land on my feet, bugs crawl in my cleavage while I’m at lunch with my mother in-law, stepped on mice, climbed a tree to rescue a stuck ball, but couldn’t get back down, got my finger stuck in a Coke bottle, and the list goes on and on and on!
Now I’m dealing with things that cause other weird things to happen. Recently, I had a seizure in a crowded restaurant. That was embarrassing, but I’m able to laugh about it….my kids are having fun teasing me about it, and what triggers them, even though it’s scary. When I fell in the middle of the night last weekend, I think I may have had a seizure because I felt disoriented and confused. It was dark, and I lost my balance. I knew it hurt, but I was tired, and wanted to go back to bed! So I did. When I woke up later, I realized I really was hurt, and my wedding ring was stuck on my finger. Oops! Well, I still say that sleep is more important than getting x-rays. I haven’t slept well since, so maybe getting that extra couple of hours wasn’t such a dumb idea after all. My balance is off, so I bump into things. I laughed at myself when I bumped into the wall at work yesterday. I know I must look like the town drunk at times, but it’s just me!
Things happen. Funny things, weird things, happy things, sad things, scary things…..just make the best of it. Laugh at yourself. Have a sense of humor. Don’t be so full of yourself or vain that you can’t make the best of every situation. My sisters and I even managed to laugh our way through a funeral once…..I’m not proud of that, but it made it memorable, and I’m pretty sure our deceased loved one would have understood the circumstances. Try to make the best of every situation.
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor,” Charles Dickens