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Topic: Write in the HUMOR genre (04/12/07)
TITLE: Do you know where I left my humor?
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It’s always been a part of me. I’ve never gone anywhere without it. I used it every day. Humor is one of those possessions I thought I would always have. How could I have lost it?
I could have left it in the fridge, like I misplace my cup of coffee every day. Perhaps it’s in the laundry cupboard or in the ironing basket. Surely I wouldn’t have left it laying around for the dog to chew. Maybe I left it under the bed. I haven’t looked under there for ages. Where could it be?
Probably it’s gone forever, like the coins that slipped through the hole in my purse. Most likely it’s gone down the kitchen sink, just like my favorite ring. I don’t know why I would put it down—not even for a moment. Maybe it’s our garden. I could have left it there when I found that poor dead bird. Or did I leave it someplace else?
Perhaps I left my humor in my journal. I told my heavenly Father about my depressing day. I’d been trying to hide my pain and handle things alone. I didn’t want to burden anyone with my misery, so I poured it out on Him. It might be in my Bible, somewhere in the Psalms. Possibly it’s in chapter 23—between the shadows of death and fearing no evil. But, why would I have left it there?
I checked my emails before I went to bed. Maybe I would find my humor there. A stranger said I’d made them laugh with a story I had written. Wendy said she was missing me and I’d always made her day. A cute little puppy greeted me. He was on an eCard sent by a Val. It made me grin but it was the words that got to me: shoulders to lean on and hands to hold, hugs to comfort too. Do you think my humor is closer than I think?
Wait one minute, it must be here somewhere. Last night that movie made me laugh. I also saw the funny side when hubby dropped his cookie into his cup of tea. My son gave me a picture book of elephants at the beach. It’s amazing how some silly photos encourage you to smile. How could I have missed it?
Suddenly I realized I hadn’t lost it. I’d had it all along. I guess it’s like a simple smile—I just had to put it on.
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