Now some people who don’t know me extremely well might have thought I’d gone off the deep end when I was in the hallway of our apartment building the other day and suddenly broke into song and dance. Kevin just smiled and rolled his eyes at my own rendering of some verses from one of my other fave classics: “The Sound of Music.”
Though growing up my mom had strict orders against any singing at the dinner table, my sisters and I have gotten away with it many times, and Mom even joins in. In recent years, some of my favorite dinner table moments have occurred when my mom, sisters, and I will all start singing a song from some musical while my husband and brother-in-law smile and kind of raise their eyebrows at each other.
Much of my sense of humor as well as my ability to make funny facial expressions definitely came from my dad. He loved to make people laugh, and he was usually pretty good at it. We honored my dad’s wacky sense of humor at the dinner we had the evening of his funeral by engaging in some of the silliness he used to when our family would go out to dinner at a nice restaurant. I’m certain he was looking down and laughing at us, with us. Nana, Pa, and Uncle Bob were chuckling right along with him.