Monday, May 8, 2017

30. A Laughing Matter
I went to an 8:00 o’clock AA meeting and sat next to Derek The Dying Man.  The week before Derek had been convinced a brown patch on his arm was cancerous.  I had suggested he see a dermatologist to put his mind at ease.  Daphne told him he was probably going to die in a day or so. Nobody ever accused her of being overly sensitive.
That night he was worried about the zika virus. Anna, standing a few feet away with Hilary, said the virus wasn’t found this far north. Hilary said he had better chance of hitting the lottery than getting zika. 
Daphne pretended to swat a mosquito on her arm, asked if anyone else thought it was getting hot in the church basement, and said everything was getting blurry.
“You’re not funny,” Derek whined, even though he looked like he was about to laugh.
“I just wanted you to see how ridiculous your worries are. The fact you can laugh at them should tell you something.”
Today I will apply the laugh test to my worries.

Time for a Change ©2017 by Ken Montrose
Time for a Change is a work of fiction. Any similarity between the characters and anyone you might know is purely coincidental.

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