I appreciate your reply Fil.
Any close friend of mine knows I have a huge sense of humor but not to an annoying degree where I need to turn every statement someone says into some sort of pun.
This laughter thread was started because of a lesson I learned when I was quite young.
My parents bought us kids a jungle gym and had it fixed in the backyard.
My sister had just learned for the first time how to hang upside down on the jungle gym, her best friend and I were coming down the hill towards the jungle gym when my sister hanging upside down said, "look what I can do!".
Then her legs let go and she fell and landed on her head and made the weirdest sound. Her best friend and I dropped to our knees laughing hysterically because it looked so funny.
She got up crying, both because she was hurt and because the two people she valued most in her life laughed when she fell...
THIS taught me that not everything that seems funny is funny.
Later in life I have carried this lesson in the forefront of my mind. I have found that I have been there for people who have genuinely need my help.
Call me a prude but not everything that seems funny is funny.
I laugh a lot every day, my friends can all attest to that. I sometimes laugh so hard it is physically painful.
But I did not laugh when my friend fell headfirst down the steps and hit his head on the door. I was about to close the door to my apartment and I heard this bang on the door downstairs. I ran down the stairs to help him, he got right up as if nothing had happened and said I am fine... then I laughed like hell.
I was wondering if the door was okay...
Delaying laughter is often the best strategy.
I can still replay that sound of his head hitting the door in my mind and it makes me laugh. Not because I do not love him but because, like most people, my sense of humor may be irreparable warped.