One of Shawn’s friends, whom I’ve never met, recently said to him, “I read Florence’s blog. She must be hilarious!” To which he jokingly replied, “Naw, she’s not that funny in real life.” And it’s true! Maybe it is something about having cancer that makes you see that humour can be found in pretty much any situation, if you look hard enough.
The most stoic example I have ever heard about humour in the face of hardship was told to me by my friend, Kim, a social worker. A man in his thirties, after being told that he was terminally ill, said to her, “Kim, the doctor told me I only have two weeks left to live. I told him I would take the first week in July and the last week in August.” That is a true story and a shining example that laughter and joy come so naturally to the human spirit.