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Pause the Moment: Bad Mood, Bad Joke, Big Smile

“Bad Dad Jokes”

Every time my kids set the dinner table, they add one item that doesn’t belong—just like that Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong. . .”

But due to its popularity, this item certainly does belong on our table.

It’s the Bad Dad Jokes day-by-day calendar1. And like a double negative, Monday evening it delivered just enough bad to negate the bad mood I’d brought to dinner.

I was feeling frustrated with a certain member of my family, frustrated with staying at home, and frustrated with preparing to sell that home.

So when my daughter insisted it was time for the joke, I listened through the filter of my bad mood.

“What did one toilet say to the other toilet?”

But then I heard the punch line:

“You look a bit flushed.”

And I felt the smile that I thought wasn’t available, form on my face. (I can’t resist ridiculous humor!)

I looked around the table, seeing my family in combinations of smiles and “I don’t get it” looks, and knew, in that moment, all was well again.


Sometimes humor softens us just enough to help us see the good stuff of life—can you relate? If so, share your story below!


1 From Willow Creek Press.

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