Election Day is drawing near and things are getting really crazy. It seems like every commercial break, on every channel, has some tired incumbent or hopeful newcomer spewing the same worn claims and tawdry half-truths. I don’t know about you, but that’s when I reach for the mute button. Besides, I made up my mind weeks ago. We dropped off our ballots the morning after we received them.
Truth is, after months of mind-numbing campaign videos I was ready for a change……something more sane, lighter, even heartwarming. If you are in that same boat I may have something special for you.
No matter what your political taste……Republican or Democrat……Conservative or Liberal……and especially if your are a member of our October/November generation……I invite to join me for a well-deserved break from the tedious trials of election season silliness.
Disclaimer…..Odds are some of you are already acquainted with today’s good news. If so, feel free to return again to those fun-filled times. You already know you will enjoy your visit as much as you did the first time.
What is the “good news” that could possibly brighten the dreary prospect of pandemic politics? First of all, what I recommend is humorous……clean, age-appropriate humor. Though our younger, middle-age readers will find hints of familiarity in the offerings suggested here, I know for sure our October and November visitors will appreciate the undeniable reality of late-life situations they have probably faced themselves.
So where will we turn for this taste of late-life reality, served up with a dose of humor? Let me first introduce you to Jeanne Robertson. As I mentioned earlier you may be familiar with Jeanne and her take of late-life. She has been around for a while, entertaining mature audiences for decades. How many years? I read that she was Miss North Carolina in 1963……that was a while ago.
Ms. Robertson seems to be a busy lady, scheduled for speaking engagements all over the country. She has even appeared on Grand Ole Oprey, which I consider an important endorsement.
Best of all, you don’t need a lengthy introduction from me. Simply call up YouTube,com on your phone or computer, enter “Jeanne Roberson” in the
search box at the top of the page, and choose from the dozens of intriguing videos that appear.
What sort of videos, you ask? How about these examples……every one of them served up with a generous helping of laughs.
*** Don’t bungee jump naked.
*** Don’t get Frisky in a tent.
*** Don’t ask the plastic surgeon.
*** Be careful here you sit.
*** The internment of Cousin Rudolph.
*** Don’t send a man to the grocery store.
*** Don’t ask a man to clean the carpet.
*** Don’t flash the bellman.
*** Don’t go rafting without a Baptist in the boat.
*** Don’t mess with Broom People.
*** Don’t underestimate a five-year old.
*** And many more.
Or perhaps you are dealing with October/November questions that have you stumped. Where might you turn for helpful advice and answers? How about an aging Ann Landers or Dear Abby, a warm-hearted soul who dispenses late-life advice……sprinkled with hard-learned knowing and unfailing humor?
That description certainly fits Mary Maxwell. Her compact Laughing With Mary videos have attracted tens of millions of YouTube viewers, addressing the challenges we face at this stage of life, answering submitted “senior” questions you may recognize with common-sense replies, laced with unfailing and insightful humor.
What sort of questions? How about……….
*** The kids think I’m crazy for wanting a facelift.
*** Is Dad having a mid-life crisis?
*** Secrets to a happy marriage.
*** Attending a past love’s funeral.
*** How to tell the kids I’ve fallen in love again?
*** We’re in our 70’s and need jobs again.
*** My sister won’t help take care of Mom.
*** A pray about getting old.
*** Seniors at the gym.
*** And dozens more.
I am guessing that for most of us a good laugh, a touch of reality-based humor will take some of the sting out of today’s chaos…..especially when the bearer of that good humor is someone who deals with the same late-life situations you and I experience.
If you are in need of a well-deserved laugh break here’s hoping I have tempted you to make your own YouTube excursion into the wholesome and oh-so-funny offerings of Jeanne Robertson and Mary Maxwell.
Until next time…..take care.