Tomorrow is the anniversary of a family friend of mine passing away. Neil was passionate, creative, and absolutely, downright hilarious. He worked hard but always made time for what he loved, which was music. He would play with his band on the weekends in local bars. It was a special treat to go see him play because he made us all feel as if we were the private party of a homegrown rockstar.
I don’t really have the words to describe how much I looked up to him. Not only because he was one of the few people in my life who actively pursued his passion but also because he never took life too seriously. I can distinctly remember that he once severely injured his knee because he was trying to perform a karate move on a filing cabinet. I’m not sure what was funnier: the fact that he did it or the way that he told the story after the fact.
He was one of my biggest role models, and I felt completely lost when he died. I cannot even begin to fathom how his family feels without him now. But I know how I would like to honor him, if I may.
It’s customary to ask for a moment of silence to commemorate the passing of a loved one. But tonight, I’m asking for a moment in laughter. It’s what Neil was best at, making others laugh. And laugh hard. I’m not capable of that level of comedic relief, but I can share with you some of my favorite jokes and puns so that maybe I can procure a chuckle or two in his honor.
So, join me, in my moment of laughter for Neil.
- What do you call fake spaghetti?
- What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish?
-You’ll rise and shine!
- What do you get from a pampered cow?
- What happened to the dog that ate the firefly?
-He barked with de-light!
- Why do fish live in salt water?
-Because pepper makes them sneeze!
- I don’t trust those stairs because they’re always up to something.
- Yesterday, I accidentally swallowed some food coloring. The doctor says I’m ok, but I feel like I’ve dyed inside.
- The roundest knight at King Arthur’s table was Sir Cumference.
- Novice pirates make terrible singers because they can’t hit the high seas.
- There was a big paddle sale at the boat store. It was quite an oar deal.
I hope a few of these made you smile. I know that it made Neil smile to hear some laughter in the world. Even for just a moment.
I will end with one of his performances, as I leave you all, dear readers, as he left us: doing what he loved. I do what I love now (writing) because he had the courage to show me how.
Rest easy, my friend. And know that your time here on Earth was nothing short of magical.