I’ve always been pretty good at looking at life with humor.
In fact, my fourth grade teacher, instead of praising my scholarship, wrote on my report card: “Barbara has a fine sense of humor.”
But when it came to MENOPAUSE…
That sense of humor was zapped faster than a fourth grader in the sixties could say “Beatles haircut” or “Duncan yo-yo.”
Nothing about menopause was funny to me.
I wasn’t a good sport.
I didn’t giggle with the punches.
I didn’t find humor in the wackiness of my wacky body.
But Mary Roach could.
Her latest book Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal, tracks food as it dives in one end and oozes and squirts out the other. (Read the New York Times review here.)
In her collection of essays, My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places, Mary demonstrates how to look at life with keen, whimsical eyes.
She makes brushing teeth with husbands, shopping for bathing suits, a first massage, list-making, medical research on the Internet, and plenty more laugh out loud funny.
Although she doesn’t directly address menopause, I bet she found the humor in the experience that I sure didn’t.
Let’s hope she covers the Change of Life in her next volume. (She’s 54, and I was pleased to discover that we have the same March birthday, although a few years apart.)
My Planet Giveaway: Reader’s Digest books is offering Friend for the Ride one copy of My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places. Please leave a comment by June 6 saying you’d like to be the winner.
And what about your funny bone?
Are you a menopausal wit?
Or are you finding The Great Pause oh so dry (pun slightly intended) and dreary?
Solar Shades Giveaway: Congrat to Cathy, the winner!