28 January 2009

Maybe You Just Had To Be There

Do you remember exactly when you learned that some stories are only funny to the people who were there when it happened? Because I do.

I was playing baseball with my older brothers (John and Steven) in our front yard at the old house, where we lived until I was 6. Something happened which made me fall down and land on a little plastic cow figurine that belonged to part of some farm toy set. It happened to cause me significant amounts of pain, and I yelped. John then said, "Calm down Sherry! Don't have a cow!"

As a four-year-old kid, this was pretty much the funniest and cleverist thing that had ever happened to me in real life. I remember telling several people about this absolutely hilarious anecdote, but most of them didn't find it nearly as funny as I did.

And that's when I learned that for some things, you just had to be there.


Science Teacher Mommy said...

I think it is very funny. I think you were quite clever as a four year-old to figure out the pun too. I once said to somebody, after a story telling that fell flat, "I guess you had to be there." The reply? "Don't blame me because you are a lousy story teller." Ouch.

John said...

I think it's hilarious. I nearly fell out of my chair. Oh wait...I was there. However, I have no recolection of the event and I am still laughing. It must be true though, because that sounds like one of the lines I'd tell my children when they got hurt.

fionnaj said...

Something happened just last night that Makereta and I thought was just hilarious but upon telling it this morning to the guys, it didn't seem quite as funny. They thought it amusing and that's about it. Sometimes you really do need to just be there.

Janet said...

Actually, I think it's quite funny! Thanks for making me smile today!