Monday, December 14, 2009

You Gotta Laugh!

NEW GUTTERS - A Story of Life and the Beauty of Laughter
This story is based on a real life incident. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

New gutters are being put on the house. It takes a couple of days to get the job done. The crew works all day Tuesday and then comes back Thursday morning to finish the job.

Work Crew Leader:
He is dressed in jeans, plaid flannel shirt, work boots and hat. He has a clipboard. He is in charge.

Suburban housewife fighting cancer:
She hasn't showered in four days. Her hair is in a four-day-old slept-in pony tail with a halo of hair sticking out all over her head, her skin is sallow, she wears no make-up, dark circles are evident under her eyes. She is wearing the same pajamas she's had on for four days, dirty socks, black gloves, and reading glasses.

The house is dark, lit only by the lights of the Christmas tree and the glow of the fire. Window blinds are closed.

9:00 a.m. Surburban housewife fighting cancer is home alone, laying on the couch, again. Her goal for the day is not to move. Every move brings with it waves of nausea.

(sound cue: doorbell rings)

Suburban housewife: Not moving, she thinks to herself, "I will not answer the door. Whoever it is will go away."

(sound cue: doorbell rings again)

Suburban housewife: Thinks to herself, "It must be someone who really needs something." She rises from the couch, gagging with each move of her body, wincing with the ache of her bones, and slowly shuffles to the front door. Forgetting her appearance, she opens the door...

Work Crew Leader: (seeing suburban housewife fighting cancer) LAUGHS OUT LOUD!

Suburban housewife: (realizing how she looks) Laughs out loud too.

Work Crew Leader: (with big smile on his face, stuttering) "I am sorry..."

Suburban housewife: (still laughing) "It's OK. I know."

Work Crew Leader: "We are here to finish the gutters."

Suburban housewife: "That's great. Thank you."

Final Scene: 
Gutters are in place. Work crew drives away, shaking their heads, wondering if there are other trolls who live in that house.



  1. HAHAHAHA! Thanks for that one... Besos!

  2. Well that certainly brought on an early morning smile to my face but mixed with a little twinge of pain in my heart at the entire scenario!!

    How very very very very very endearing that you would go to that extreme painful effort to go to your door to answer it thinking someone is in need. Not sure if I would of gone to that effort.

    HUGS and Squeezes....but gentle...

  3. Better to laugh than to cry! I am so glad you changed the names, we will never know the who the REAL characters are! (wink, wink). Thank you for sharing, it made me smile. You are the best!

    Paula P.

  4. LOL! At least you have an excuse! I'm going to tell the mailman I have cancer next time he finds me like that ;)!

  5. Laura, wanted you to know I am still praying for you altho haven't written in while. I had an accident, on crutches and ill, but Bless The LORD!
    Ps 16;11 "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." This is what your strong testimony is to all who read your blog.
    for YOU: Ps 146: Laura praises You LORD, while she lives, will she praise YOU, she will sing praises unto YOU God while she has being. Laura puts not her trust in princes,nor in man, in whom there is no help.
    Happy is Laura that hath the God of Jacob for her help, whose hope is in the LORD her God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever!" amen & amen.
    love you and continue to believe God with you. charity

  6. HAHA! Reminded me of the time I answered the door late at night when a police officer came to the door and wanted to make sure it was o.k. to let his dog look around our yard for a suspect that had ran. I was so shocked to see him I opened the door not realizing I didn't have a hat on..... I think HE was more shocked to see this sallow skinned, dark circled BALD lady staring back at him!!!
    Love you! Debbie