I’m usually quick to pick up on humor but every now and then, something will escape my comprehension.
Sometimes, it has been yeas for me to figure out a punchline or reference. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’s “Weekend Update” always seemed to slice comments right above my grasp.
One year for Christmas, my grandmother made long, flannel Victorian nightgowns for my sister and our two cousins, Kim and Debbie, the daughters of Grandma Donna’s sister, Joyce.
My maternal grandparents followed a long line of pranksters, people of great humor and sharp wit. Grandma Donna was a masterpiece of all these and her pranks are still notorious in our family lore.
The three girls went into the bedroom to change into their nightgowns, returning to the living room to model their lovely gifts.
When it came time for my newly married cousin, Kim, to do her full turn, Grandma said, “I was going to fix fur around the bottom of your gown to keep your neck warm.”
The room roared to full height with uproarious laughter.
I had no idea, not a morsel of a clue as to why everyone thought Grandma’s comment so funny.
It was just a few years ago that I recalled the event on that Christmas afternoon, my first year of college, and fully understood the hook of Grandma’s line.
I was walking through Costco and began roaring with laughter, leaning on my cart for steadiness.
I’m sure there are still many unsolved punchlines or comedic comments floating around; I will hopefully catch them.