Saturday, May 31, 2008

Oh, Lighten Up Already

And I don't just mean the fact that I've gained weight and need to get a grip!

If you knit or crochet and have been under a rock for the past year, you need to know about ravelry. It is THE place to be, and I mean that in all seriousness. The hard part is tearing yourself away.

But while I was wallowing in a wonderful thread about ludicrous and strange knitted objects*(knitted digestive tract, dissected frog, willy warmer or purse in the shape of girly parts, to name just a few) I became distracted by a side issue of humor, or lack of same. There are those who don't think it's appropriate to give a knitted womb or breast to a woman who just had hers removed or to her doctor or nurse.

I, sick and twisted and proud, would consider it a perfect gift for me in those situations and I am just sorry my mother isn't a biology teacher anymore because she could have used that digestive tract AND the frog in her classroom.

So, being me, I immediately started searching for quotations about the need for humor in all areas of life (and yes, death). I found far more than I could use on that one little thread, so here I am, locked and loaded and ready to rock and roll. Yes, I do read too many romances about jaded soldiers fighting in the desert, the jungle, and the swamp, often all in one book. Want a list?

OK, here we go:

We'll start with the Man - Bill Cosby said "You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it. "

Humor is just another defense against the universe. Mel Brooks

This guy likes big words, doesn't he?
There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor. Thomas W. Higginson

* There was also a costume in the shape of girl parts that someone was actually wearing.

Hee, I'm really looking forward to CC's comments...


Courtney said...

I've been a bad blog reader lately, please forgive me for the late comment.

Ummm, personally, I don't want any knitted purses, hats, shoes, scarves or anything else in the form of body parts. I don't think it shows that I lack a sense of humor, I think it's more about fashion and taste. And if I wouldn't use such a thing outside of my house it would just end up being a dust collector inside my house.

So, truthfully, I would not take a boob purse to my favorite restaurant or any other establishment. Which makes the boob purse nothing more than...junk.

gnaed said...

Worse yet, the boob isn't even a purse, just a boob stuffed toy of sorts. It is, however, actually used to teach breast feeding to new moms, which gives it a very real, positive purpose.