Despite the great sorrow surrounding this horrible COVID plague, I think it’s always good to keep our sense of humor if possible. I remember when my mother—freshly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s—lived with us for a few months. We had seven children, one an infant, and Alan was gone such long hours that one night our dog tried to attack him as an intruder when he arrived home! Mom was up during the nights imagining that it was time to pack for a trip to Columbia or prepare for a PTA meeting, ripping off her diapers and generally tearing apart her room. I was more than exhausted and felt like crying most of the time over the tragedy of my mother’s mental losses and my inability to meet the needs of our family.
But then one day, after I’d returned from the grocery store for an emergency run, leaving my kids to tend one another and my mother (our oldest was 16 by then), I heard that my mother had angrily taken away the rubber fish (tub-toy) that one of the kids had set in front of the baby to try to entertain him, scolding my son: “Don’t you dare do that! We need this fish for supper!” Michael (who was always the picture of respectfulness), had no idea what to say or do, but he was mortified at being scolded and wasn’t sure how he should react to his beloved grandmother, who had suddenly started acting “crazy!” In fact, she wasn’t acting; she was losing her mind. You can either laugh or cry in such instances, so we started to laugh (NOT in front of my mother, however). Somehow, learning to laugh about the crazy things that were becoming a new part of our daily life really helped soothe the tensions, and we were all better able to cope.
COVID-19 doesn’t have much in common with Alzheimer’s except that both are tragic, one on an individual basis, and one on a global basis. I am not suggesting that we fail to mourn and pray, or stick our heads in the sand and pretend COVID isn’t really deadly. But, I am suggesting that in the midst of deep sorrow and pain we also try to find the bits of silver lining and let laughter shine through when we can.
In that vein, I thought you might enjoy a couple of crazy songs that young people have created to try to help people keep their chins up. (My hearing isn’t perfect, but the second one might have one inappropriate word in it; he sings so fast I couldn’t catch it all . . .)
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:
but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
*The first joke was by “Casual Christian Comedy 2” and posted on the Face Book page of my dear friend in Germany, Sarah Jaeschke, as was the last song. Thank you, Sarah, for maintaining your sweet spirit and great sense of humor during this crisis!! BTW, in case people haven’t noticed, Germany has been doing a hero’s job of caring for COVID-19 patients!