Do you consider yourself funny? What role does humor play in your life? Who’s the funniest person you know?
I’m not funny at all. A pity. I would like to. I love laughing and being with people laughing with me. Even sometimes at me, when is not in an offensive way. We use to laugh a lot at home. My father was funny in his quiet way, he had a sharp, quick, intelligent sense of humor we all enjoyed. He wrote hilarious poems usually dedicated to my mom about everyday common events. He knew how to turn those little things in something extraordinary and really funny. He kept his sense of humor until the end. Even when he had big difficulties to talk he was able to make jokes with one or two words said at the right moment. We laughed a lot with dad and we laugh a lot with mom. She is different. She doesn’t invent jokes, but she has a very easy and contagious laugh. We laugh till tears with her about nothing. A little funny thing is enough to make her laugh and that’s great in her condition because she’s very sick, but taking care of her is easy when she is so happy and grateful.
Humor means a lot in my life. Maybe because I’m a little somber I need humor as air to breathe and I appreciate it a lot. I don’t understand why I’m so serious when both mom and dad were so joyful and funny. I admire people who have sense of humor and know how to elaborate it. I know many funny people. I don’t know who is the funniest, but the biggest surprise for me was a coworker, a photojournalist from my newspaper. He and his twin brother are both photographers. They are very quiet. They almost don’t talk. Only what’s strictly necessary. I never thought they could be funny at all until one of them discovered Facebook and began to post jokes about themselves, their work and the life in our city, all made with their spare pictures and a short comment. Hilarious. It’s a pity I can’t describe better his humor to you. They put a smile in my face almost every day. So does my paper’s cartoonist, another of the funniest and intelligent people I know. And best of all, they are all also good friends.
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