I think every one of my dad’s sermons that I’ve heard or read opened with a bit of humor or personal story. It was his way of connecting – enticing the audience to want to listen and maybe even exhale a bit so they could take something deeper in.
My dad was a Presbyterian pastor for 40 years. So he kept a well curated stack of humor cards – little stories he read, heard, or observations that he typed onto 5×7 cards. Then he wrote in the margins when he used that particular item.
When we cleaned out his desk after he died 8 years ago, I was lucky enough to stumble on this stack. I pull it out regularly to have a little laugh with my dear dad. Now when I post one of them, I write my note next to his and it feels like a continuation.
I usually post something from this stack of humor cards on my personal blog on Sunday. This week I thought I’d share one of my favorites on Wise & Shine.
Tips on Love
(All questions answered by kids aged 5-10)
WHAT IS THE PROPER AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife. (Tom, 5)
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. (Mike, 10)
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a big ring and her own VCR, ‘cause she’ll want to have videos of the wedding. (Jim, 10)
Never kiss in front of other people. It’s a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours. (Kally, 9)
It’s never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you… that’s why I stopped doing it. (Jean, 10)
CONCERNING WHY LOVE HAPPENS BETWEEN TWO PARTICULAR PEOPLE
No one is sure why it happens but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular. (Jan, 9)
I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful. (Harlen, 8)
ON WHAT FALLING IN LOVE IS LIKE
Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life. (Roger, 9)
If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long. (Leo, 7)
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