Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“Walk slowly through the world and pay attention”

“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
― A.A. Milne

      This week the TOP TEN Comedy downloads at the iTunes store are:
10. The Essential Weird Al Yankovic- Weird Al Yankovic
 9. Himself- Bill Cosby
 8. True Stories I Made Up- Daniel Tosh
 7. Beyond the Pale- Jim Gaffigan
 6. Harmful if Swallowed- Dane Cook
 5. Unsung Hero- Josh Sneed
 4. Obsessed- Jim Gaffigan
 3. King Baby- Jim Gaffigan
 2. Brian Regan- Brian Regan
 1. Mr. Universe- Jim Gaffigan 

      You may have noticed by scanning the list one comedian appears to dominate the downloads. Jim Gaffigan is an Illinois born, Indiana native and father of five whose deadpan delivery and brilliant sarcasm has us "Obsessed" with this beyond pale 'King Baby". 'Mr Universe" is currently the crowning glory of comedy downloads and Gaffigan has recently released a new book titled Dad is Fat. As the tale goes "Dad is fat." were the first words proudly scrawled on a dry erase board by one of Gaffigan's young sons. Besides being genuinely funny on a wide range of topics from  food fetishes to the art of napping, utilising his observational genius with family friendly wit and clean language what other attributes have heralded Jim Gaffigan's obvious rise in popularity?  Gaffigan  himself grew up in a large Midwestern family, married a devout Catholic woman and is a devoted father of two daughters and three sons. Many parents can easily relate to his jokes. Listening to comedy is immediate stress relief. Being a parent may be frustrating at times but doesn't have to be debilitating if you put life events into perspective. It's imperative that all parents develop a sense of humor and laughter is especially important for parents to be. My brother Dave and sister-in-law Krissy will welcome their first child later this year. WHOO HOO! Congratulations! So if you know any potential parents who will be celebrating a bundle of joy with family dinners, parties and baby showers, add a special gift of laughter for Mom & Dad. They will need it. Check out the video above.
 Wait until the Louis C.K baby names blog rolls out.
 But for now, here is a clever snippet from "Dad is Fat" :

“No matter how you feel about your extended family or family gatherings you will be attending. This is because now the ultimate reason for attending family gatherings is for your children to have the time of their lives with their cousins. Little kids love their cousins. I’m not being cute or exaggerating here. Cousins are like celebrities for little kids. If little kids had a People magazine, cousins would be on the cover. Cousins are the barometers of how fun a family get-together will be. “Are the cousins going to be there? Fun!”
― Jim Gaffigan, Dad Is Fat  

  Bri, Drew, Kaitlyn and Jared- all of you will make a positive impression welcoming your new cousin. And Parker has kisses waiting.

     What allows us to create or maintain a sense of humor is the ability to observe. We have to pay attention. Like babies and children, we should be fascinated by what surrounds us. Admittedly, most of us don't or won't stop to look around once in awhile. Humor or sarcasm places our personal and global circumstances into proper perspective allowing us to teach children the resilience they'll need to survive. Without a doubt, children learn their coping skills from the adults around them. Life is both cruel and beautiful, comic and tragic, in times of crisis we give children strength. We give them hope. There are few gifts of gratitude sweeter than sharing our laughter or making others smile. Great love and laughter walk hand in hand.

     A special Happy Birthday to my niece, Brianne on March 14th. Love you, always and forever.


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