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Humor Has Its time And Place

Happiness at home is made, not discovered.

Love is the Pot Of Gold at the end of the rainbow.

Love is the Pot Of Gold at the end of the rainbow.

Fun And Games

It might have lasted better from the start, if he could have stopped being so damn funny.

She could have guessed, if she had not laughed so hard at first.

He wasn’t really looking for a mate. What he really wanted was an audience.

It probably started in the 6th Grade when he had to ham up the class’ graduation song. It went over big, and he was already hellbent on a life of drawing attention to himself.

Karen, on the other hand, had she been there, she would likely have been one of the straight-faced cherubs in the front row, and totally oblivious to Ben’s antics one row behind her.

It is said that any good marriage prospect must have a sense of humor, with not too many puns included. One a day will generally suffice.

Ben relied on the visual for a large part of his humor, but when Karen was understandably busy with her housekeeping, and later with her homemaking, Ben’s visual antics often went unnoticed.

With Ben becoming increasingly insistent that he be the center of her focus, Karen was tiring quickly.

The day inevitably came when Karen challenged “her Ben” with a straight-out challenge, saying, “Lately your sense of humor is leaving a lot to be desired. Frankly, I could bring home more money doing what you do, and you could stay home and entertain the children with your childish sense of humor.”

Ben’s audience was in revolt.

So it was that “her Ben” accepted the challenge and Karen hit the trail of cruise ships and joke bars whose audiences soon knew more about Karen, than they had ever heard of Ben.

Oh, for sure, she was not about to forego a few of the antics she had learned from Ben who had unknowingly been her mentor for the early years of her comedic internship, but she played on her own experiences of dishes, diapers, and drudgery to the sympathetic and knowing ears of her audiences.

The same scenario from which she drew her audiences’ laughter, quickly became no laughing matter to Ben as he confronted Karen’s dishes, diapers, and drudgery at home, combined with Karen’s obvious success on the road.

It did not help in the least that Ben, by default, became Karen’s booking agent as her popularity grew.

The final blow, for Ben at least, came when Karen found that jokes about their bet, and Ben’s “dishpan hands” bowled over her audiences and her bookings increased along with her income.

It was time, according to Ben’s way of thinking, to settle the score.

For Karen’s next three bookings, Ben offered her callers a “2 for 1” and without consulting Karen, she suddenly found that the act which followed her stage appearances was a comedian better known as the brunt of her jokes.

Ben thrived on displaying his “dishpan hands” and remarking about the contrast between Karen’s favorite perfume and the fragrance from an overly-ripe diaper change.

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As for the children, when Ben came on stage with their three and introduced them, loud applause was heard, especially when Ben told the three, “Now go spend some much-needed time with your mother.”

It is not quite clear which parent won their challenge. Neither parent ever admitted to defeat.

What is clear is this: sharing the duties at home, and leaving the antics to their gigs, morphed into a life of love and laughter with a few puns thrown in as appropriate, just for laughs, and groans.


© 2021 Demas W Jasper


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 15, 2021:

This is so cute.

I can picture her telling jokes and Ben steaming a bit.

Until the end when he gets the laughs.

Great ending...those duties now shared.

I wonder how those jokes will be now.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2021:

This was a fun read, Demas. I guess it would have been a standoff (or standup) of sorts in the end. Cheers.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on June 15, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed my short story, Miebakagh.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 15, 2021:

I like the fun and the laugh. Thanks.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on June 15, 2021:

A good friend challenged me when I said I felt like writing a short story, and something like the fisrt line of this story popped into my mind. Here it is 90 minutes later (typos, if any, and all).

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