My Husband Makes Me Laugh

Updated on May 3, 2018
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With 2 of her own, Denise remarried and brought 2 children from her husband together to explore what it means to be a blended family.

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When I Met My Husband

When I first met him, there were two things that really captured me. One was his smooth deep voice. That voice could melt butter. It rumbles through his shirt when I put my head on his shoulder. Better than a pacemaker, his voice keeps my heart going. The second thing was his humor. He has always been able to make me laugh. I remember thinking that I could spend the rest of my life laughing and recharging my heart if I only stayed near him. Sure, he has a bad habit of loosing his keys, but if that’s the worst fault, I can live with that.

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My Dad The Practical Joker

My father was a bit of a hoot as well. He had a funny kind of organic humor. Things just came to him. He had such a serious face most of the time that it came as a surprise when the joke came, or in some cases, the practical joke. He had an Indiana drawl that added to the humor. Having lived in California most of my life his dry humor and drawl were always sources of mirth for me. He would answer the phone with a YeeelllllOW. It always sounded more like a color than a greeting to me so I answered similarly in a color: “Green”. He didn’t laugh but I was amused.

Once when my sisters and I had a sleep over with about half a dozen preteen girls in our pajamas, he felt the need to go around to the outside bedroom window and scratch on the screen emitting an alarming moan: Owwwaaaawheeeeohhhh. It amused him to hear half a dozen little girls screaming for their mommy.

Once my sister and I thought it would be funny to sew the flap of his boxer shorts closed just to see how much a guy needed that particular feature. We waited for days before asking if he had had any troubles. He got a gleam in his eye and said, “not that I would tell you girls about.” That was the beginning of setting joke bombs around the house for him to find; salt in the sugar bowl for his cereal, a round dowel in his cigarette pack, etc. He got us back as good as we gave, I can assure you.

My drawing of my Kevin.
My drawing of my Kevin. | Source

He Makes Me Laugh

So when my husband came along with his own brand of humor, I was overjoyed. It wasn’t as much of the physical practical joking as it was word play and puns. It has been many years of loving and laughing together. However there are times when things go wrong with life and finances, sometimes enough to kill the laughter.

When my husband was laid off, it reversed our roles somewhat and I had to rush off to work in the morning leaving him at home alone. This usually makes men grumpy or at least reveals a bad attitude, but not my hubby. Instead he sent me off with a smile or belly laugh every morning.

Me knitting.
Me knitting. | Source

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Our Jokes

The first day I puttered around the house as long as I could, not wanting to leave him there. I finally stepped into the bedroom to say goodbye before grabbing my coat and rushing out the door. I stopped at the door and said, “That’s it. I’m leaving.” He looked at me with an earnest look on his face and said, “Can’t we talk about his? At least see a councilor?” The rest is a blur because I was doubled over laughing. It was hard leaving and laughing at the same time. I chuckled all the way to work and back again.

The next day I didn’t want to make a mistake in my wording again so after puttering and putting things away, I stepped into the room and kissed him on the forehead. Then I sweetly said, “I HAVE to go.” To which he replied, “Down the hall, second door on the left.” Again I doubled up in uncontrollable laughter. You got to love a man who makes you laugh even after 25 years of marriage. At least he sends me off with a smile on my face. Most of the time I can’t wait to get home to find out what else he’s going to say.

Me working at the radio station.
Me working at the radio station. | Source

Bad Times Don't Have To Be Bad

The following day, I was ready. No more words. I obviously can’t word the message right without falling into his joke mode. He has a comeback for everything. So I stepped into the room, got his attention and held up my hand and waved. To which he said, “I love a good mime. Now try to get out of the invisible box.” There were tears rolling down my face when I left this time. I just can’t win. Everything I say and do he can make into a funny. And that has been my life for the last 33 years. Gotta love him.

Later when I was laid off too (budget cuts hitting everywhere), one would think we had the perfect right to moan and complain. Instead my honey kept me in the best of spirits by joking with me and making me laugh everyday. When we had to leave our large house and move to a small one bedroom apartment, you would think we would get on each other’s nerves were there would be lots of fighting and plate-throwing. No. Exactly the opposite. We really enjoy each other’s company and although our “offices,” which were once in separate rooms, are now in the “living room” together, we are really respectful of each other’s space and work. We still get to laugh and joke, cuddle and then separate to work on our own freelance crafts. If you like each other and respect each other, being in close proximity can be a joy.

Me working at my computer.
Me working at my computer. | Source

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

He works on his writing and I work on my art. Together we are a couple of creative in the same workspace. One would think that couldn’t work out well, but it works for us. It’s all about mutual respect and a good sense of humor.

We are technically retired and working on our own projects each day, but still coming together to enjoy the same old time movies and TV shows. There is no need for cable or any of that contemporary TV programing. The best programs are the old ones where the humor is real and organic. We love things like the old “Life of Riley” or the classic “Carol Burnett Show.” Those were really funny people. Humor doesn’t have to be crude or vulgar or sexually charged to be really funny. At least we don’t think so. I’m so glad we think alike and love the same things. I will be forever grateful for my husband and his humor.

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      • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise McGill 

        5 weeks ago from Fresno CA

        Peggy, what a sweet benediction. I appreciate that. I think I will enjoy every waking minute I can with such a dear man. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        He sounds like a great guy. Your drawing of him is really good! May your share the rest of your lives together enjoying fun and laughter.

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        Denise McGill 

        6 weeks ago from Fresno CA

        Dana,

        Thank you so very much for the compliment. I love what I do. It's too bad it doesn't make me tons of money... but I'm okay with that as long as I get to do what I love... and be with the husband I love. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Dana Tate 

        6 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

        What a beautiful story Denise. Laughter is the best medicine, it releases a power that just lightens the heart. When I see your art work, I'm simply blown away at your talent.

      • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise McGill 

        8 weeks ago from Fresno CA

        Thank you, Dianna. I had fun writing it too. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Dianna Mendez 

        8 weeks ago

        Laughter is good medicine, especially in relationships. My husband and I do make it part of our life and it is a blessing. Great article and very enjoyable to read.

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        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

        2 months ago from United Kingdom

        Definitely better, Denise. I grew up in a house where laughter was scarce. Yes, this is so much better. Blessings to you as well.

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Zulma,

        Isn't it lovely to have such fun-loving happy people in the family? It is much better than the alternative of having mean and hateful people to deal with in your family. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

        2 months ago from United Kingdom

        I feel you, Denise. My husband is the same way. My son inherited his sense of humour. They love puns. They will sit together and spout puns at each other while I sit and groan. lol

      • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        MsDora,

        Me too about the bride in the video. Her laughter was contagious. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Denise, you are blessed to have the spirit of laughter residing permanently in your home. I didn't expect such a belly laugh from that bride in the video. Thanks for sharing.

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Robie Benve,

        How very insightful of you. That is exactly the case. I don't think of myself as quick-witted or even very funny (in my upbringing that was my dad and my sister who were funny). But my husband finds me funny. Sometimes I'll say something off the top of my head and he is laughing uproariously. I keep asking what did I say. He finds the simplest things, a look, a off-handed remark, hilarious. So we keep each other in stitches... I'm still not sure how I do it. I don't find myself very amusing. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Hari Prasad S,

        Thank you very much. I wish you a life of laughter today. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Linda Crampton,

        Thank you. I love his cleaver responses too. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Robie Benve 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Such a blessed couple, it's a pleasure to read about your chemistry and sense of humor. I'm sure you make him laugh too, these things are always reciprocal. I bet in many instances you just have to look at each other and you start laughing because you know exactly what the other one is commenting in his/her mind. Congrats on this great relationship!

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        Hari Prasad S 

        2 months ago from Bangalore

        Amazing hub. Congrats for a life of laughter.

        - hari

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is an amusing and enjoyable article, Denise. Your husband sounds like a wonderful companion. I love his wittiness and his quick and clever responses.

      • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Excellent point. I like sharing the laugh but you notice I don't share anything private between he and I. There is a time for everything under heaven. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Bede 

        2 months ago from Minnesota

        Hi Denise, thanks for sharing some of your husband’s quick wit- he made me laugh too. Humor is a gift from God and it’s good to cultivate it, just as long as one keeps it in balance. Let me give an example. Yesterday, I was looking for some images of old people to use in my next article. I found this picture of an old lady smoking a cigar, and it gave me a good laugh. It came to mind this morning, giving me another chuckle. Unfortunately, I was in a public setting- people may have wondered. “There’s a time for every season under heaven.”

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Mary Norton,

        You may not be able to tell a joke but I bet you can understand something that is funny. Watch some old Charlie Chaplin movies. My favorite is "City Lights". He doesn't need words to make you laugh.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Mary Wickison,

        I think you are right. My sister is like that too. I never had the quick-witted banter down but I can get a joke and love to laugh. I used to say that in a battle of wits with my sister, I was unarmed. That's okay. I have a husband who loves to make me laugh and I can appreciate his wit. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Mary Wickison 

        2 months ago from Brazil

        What a joy it is to share a life with someone who makes you laugh. My sisters and kids are quick-witted and so much fun to be around. I haven't seen them in a long time and miss that side-splitting rapid-fire banter.

        Life just isn't the same without humor.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Paintdrips, I have not been gifted with a sense of humour. I have so many other gifts except this. It's alright. I am happy as I am.

      • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Mary Norton,

        I'm so sorry you have lost your humor. Is there any way to get it back? I think it's so important to laugh every day just for our mental health. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        Louise Powles,

        Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. I know I would be devastated. I knew an elderly lady who had just lost her husband and she said it wouldn't be so hard if he had just been a BAD man. She made me laugh too. Thanks for commenting.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I'm so happy that you both can still laugh after many years of marriage. We do, too, but most of the time, I really lack a sense of humour. My husband knows this so he jokes less now.

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        Louise Powles 

        2 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Your husband sounds like a lovely man, and you are blessed to be in such a wonderful marriage. My husband passed away 4 years ago, but we did laugh a lot in our marriage and always joking around. I enjoyed reading your article.

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