Today’s post comes from Sherrilee.
My father wasn’t as funny as he thought he was. Don’t get me wrong; he had a lot of wonderful qualities. He was kind, thoughtful, intelligent, generous. But Billy Crystal he wasn’t.
When I was a teenager, he would answer any call that came in after 8 p.m. with “Joe’s Morgue. You stab `em, we slab `em.” He thought this was endlessly funny. My sister and I ended up getting our own phone.
I was thinking of him tonight when I opened a new jar of peanut butter. When I was growing up, if you scooped out the first peanut butter from the center, he’d gasp “Oh, no, you took it from the center!” Of course if the next time you scooped from the right side, he’d throw up his hands in mock-horror and say “Oh no, you took it from the wrong side.” Then when you chose the other side… you guessed it, “Oh no, you didn’t take it from the middle!” Every jar. Every single jar.
He’s been gone for 13 years and while I’ve always missed him, it wasn’t until tonight that I realize I even miss his stupid peanut butter joke.
I scooped the peanut right out of the middle!
Who’s the funny one in your family?