A high school friend of mine and I make a point to talk on the phone when we’re stressed. Not because we’re wanting a nice ‘ol fashioned teeth gnashing session, but because we try to make our worst situation into our best stand-up comedy routine. I know, sounds weird doesn’t it, but I’ve always found humor to be the best way to handle my stress.
Sometimes I feel like my life is a Seinfeld episode, you know, the show all about nothing. I seriously find myself in awkward and stressful situations that are straight from the Seinfeld files:
I once had to speak to an employee about NOT having sex at work. George Costanza had sex with a cleaning woman. Remember his response, “Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon… you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.”
While a relative was visiting, who was famous for racial slurs, I worried that a derogatory comment would be yelped when a friend of mine (who happened to be of color) came to visit me. Remember Kramer and the wooden cigar store Indian (a stereotypically demeaning portrayal of the Native American).
Last, but certainly not least…my husband and I watched a friend of ours double-dip a chip at one of our newly married, annual Christmas parties. We were thinking what Timmy said to George that day, “Did you just double-dip that chip?”
While we may feel like a Hoover Wind Tunnel is sucking the very life out of us, having a friend that can push you to your comedic limit is the best cure! Many a nights I crawl in bed and thank God that I have several friends that can access that type of crazy to keep each other laughing even during the toughest of times.
XO to my friends Michelle, Catherine and Quita!
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