Another installment from my dad’s humor cards.
The backstory: My dad was a Presbyterian pastor for 40 years. He kept a well curated stack of humor cards – little stories or observations that he typed onto 5×7 cards. Then he wrote in the margins when he used that particular item. His humor was often an easy way to settle in to something deeper – by laughing and thinking about the buried truth in these little nuggets, it paved the way to an open heart.
When we cleaned out his desk after he died 7 years ago, I was lucky enough to stumble on this stack. I pull it out regularly to have a little laugh with my dear Dad. Now when I post one of them, I write my note next to his and it feels like a continuation.
Less Than Meets the Eye
A department store floor manager noticed a young boy staring intently at the handrail of an escalator. The manager walked over to him and asked, “Son, are you all right?”
The boy nodded “yes” without looking up.
“Can I help you?” he asked.
The boy shook his head “no” and continued to look at the handrail.
“Well, young man, do you want me to explain to you how escalators work?”
The lad replied “No, Mister, I’m just waiting for my bubble gum to come back!”
From Parables, November 1982