Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bax

(Scene: Fenceline, muggy evening, Mr. ABF greets new neighbor and one of her three kids.)

Mr. ABF: "I'm [Mr. ABF] by the way . . . "

Neighbor: "Oh, I remember! You're [Mr. ABF] and Tash, and your daughter is Bella, and your dog . . . your dog is . . . . Maddy?

Mr. ABF: ???!!!!?????

Neighbor: "No wait, Max. Max and Buddy. Isn't that funny, I combined them!"


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Mr. ABF walked over where I was lovingly grilling our salmon dinner and recounted this by beginning, "So I just had a weird encounter." And we both wound up laughing so hard there were tears. Our collective sense of humor has indeed twisted.

25 comments:

Hope's Mama said...

Oh dear.

Which Box said...

I was going to type the same thing: Oh dear.

k@lakly said...

It's a joke only those in the know can ever get. Or laugh at.
Jeebus.

afteriris said...

Oof.

A story in the same vein:

For my first Christmas since we lost Iris, my mother-in-law gave me...

iris scented soap-on-a-rope.

Because there's no better time to remember your dead baby than when you're washing your armpits!

niobe said...

Okaaaay, then.

charmedgirl said...

what can i say? it's funny...and the laughter...i think one can only laugh that hard and twisted when there's a river of shit running underneath. it's funny to us, or we die. i recently started using the term 'maniacally' to describe that kind of laughter. (i love that it's usually reserved for grotesque killers and stuff...HA!...but isn't dead babies what they usually flash back to in the movies anyway??!! you know, to explain how they became grotesque killers?)

loribeth said...

It's one of those situations where you're either gonna laugh or cry. Laughing is usually better. I'll bet if your neighbour ever found out, she'd be mortified.

Bluebird said...

Laugh or cry, for sure. Ugh.

debbie said...

Thank god for your sense of humor.

MsPrufrock said...

Yeah, what Debbie said.

It took me far too long to realise that fenceline was I word that I know. In my head I was reading it as "fence-uh-line". Goodness. I need coffee.

G$ said...

Creepy! I may name my next dog Bax.

Brenna said...

Oh dear goodness... (I do rather like Bax!)

Kymberli said...

Reminds me a lot of Charmy's little one reminicsing about her sister Book.

janis said...

erm, I hope it's ok that I did laugh.
I didn't know names can be combined like that... ...

Sue said...

Oy, god.

I gasped so loud, saying, "Oh, no..." As I read, C checked to see if I was okay.

Oy vey.

Sue said...

And,yes, it is humor appreciated by a select few.

(And like pp, I totally want to name a dog Bax.)

Tracey said...

ACK! Thankfully you guys can share a sense of humor.

And afteriris. OH.MY. Our daughters name is Rose, so we have gotten lots of rose things since she died, but soap-on-a-rope? Well now, that's a whole nother level of fun. What WAS your MIL thinking???

CLC said...

I totally get the new found twisted sense of humor. WE can't cry all of the time!

Lisa said...

That is freaky. I am glad you can laugh. A sick sense of humour is most essential.

Natalie said...

Oh man. I totally get that sense of humor. I mean, really, what are the chances that THAT would come out of her mouth? Sheesh.

melka said...

That is completely freaky and weird. And, of course, funny in that special sick kinda way.

Alice said...

It's funny, isn't it? It all depends on your mood doesn't it? I've had ones like this which have just been riotously funny - but on another day I could have been really upset. But I think that when you do have a day when you can see the funny side then that's a good sign. With love, Alice

Ya Chun said...

i like Bax better

Anonymous said...

My own father a few days ago: "I remember that old dog you put to sleep last year. &;ltMyDeadBabyName&;gt wasn't it?"

Lani said...

we find ourselves laughing at the most inappropriate times too. things that probably should be really sad, we end up turning around. i think its the only way, right?