Monday, March 15, 2010

Who's the funniest person you know?

I am surprised sometime with how funny my kids can be . . . but that is something of an easy answer.

So, I've thought about this for a bit and what I'm going to say is that my two brothers are some of the funniest people that I know. Now, if you walk up to them individually, they probably won't have you rolling in the aisles with a constant stream of jokes. But, when you put them together they have a chemistry that is undeniably funny.

There are many reasons for this--and I am not qualified to provide all of those reasons to you. In an ideal world, they would guest blog and provide the true answers for this. But they aren't sitting in my living room right now. So I'll tell you what I think I know.

My brothers lived together in the same room for (pretty much) the majority of their adolescence. So they had plenty of time to get intimate with each other and learn quite a bit about the other. And living in such close proximity with each other, they developed a shorthand, a language, a special kinship that set them apart from the rest of the family. Using these inside jokes and language, they could converse with each other on any number of things. And I'm sure they used this advantage to say and comment on things that mom and dad would not have approved of at the time--which made it all the more fun and interesting.

Now, when i was younger, I didn't realize this and even to this day I don't have all of the history of how their jokes came about and even what they all mean. But I realized a few things over the years.

I may not have convinced you that they are super funny, but you must trust me when I tell you that every time I go back home and am lucky enough to be there when they are around, I hope to witness one of their "performances" (though that might make them self conscious and it isn't a really good description of what happens). Because I am always made to laugh and sometimes am even brought to tears of laughter, struggling for breath.

It is funny and it is nostalgic and it is history and it is family and it is who I was, who I am, and who I will continue to be.

So, that is tonight's answer. And thanks for asking!

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