I’m JT Adamson, and I was a goofy kid. I never got over it.
When I was little, my sister once asked, What will we do for fun when JT grows up? I have a partial answer to that: We’ll read Amuse of Bemused! It isn’t exclusively Christian humor, but it is always humor by a Christian.
We need to laugh, but be forewarned, laughter can be dangerous. When I was a teenager I was out riding my bike and I stopped to talk to a man I knew. He proudly announced to me that his wife was pregnant. He and his wife seemed kind of old to me to be having their first child, so I thought it was awesome that they really had a baby on the way. My natural response?
I was happy for them. However, the father-to-be completely missed the congratulatory mirth behind my laughter, assuming instead that I thought it was laughable that he might father a child. Thankfully, ol’ Abraham wasn’t much of a runner, and I was on my bike, so he couldn’t catch me. Close call.
I’ve gotten in trouble for laughing in other places. Movie theaters are my favorite…not on purpose, it just happens that way. Everybody laughs at the approved Funny Stuff. I laugh at, well, the little ironies. You know, the ones that happen during the quiet parts of the movie when the theater is completely hushed. During Batman Returns I had a 10 year old kid “SUSHHH!!!” me from across the aisle because I laughed when Danny Devito proclaimed, “I am not a human being! I…am…an… ANIMAL!” Funny to me. Serious to a 10 year old.
Keep in mind, however, this is not my fault. I come from a long line of people who laugh when they aren’t supposed to. One of my aunts once got so giggly at a funeral (for someone she barely knew) that she had to cover her face with her handkerchief to mask her laughter. People thought she was weeping, which, of course, only made her laugh harder. My dad was so disgusted, he said that when he died, he wasn’t going to tell her. I’m pretty sure that when he said that, she laughed.
I get amused and bemused a lot. I share that here. I hope you’ll share some of your amusement and bemusement here too.
We’ll get a laugh out of it, and we might even get in trouble.