My parents once told me how funny they think it is when the picnic tables at the park are all lined up in a standing row.
"It's so funny!" My mom laughed "Dad says it looks like they're doing the hokey pokey! It really does!" She laughed some more. She does that.
So I looked for the standing picnic tables next time I drove past the park and saw them.
I didn't think it looked like they were doing the hokey pokey at all.
Uh oh, I thought, am I losing my sense of humor? Why do my parents see the humor in the picnic table line? Where is this hokey pokey they see?
I was concerned.
In fact, in concerned me for two winters as I drove past the standing line of picnic tables and tried to see what they were seeing. And then finally one day, I saw something. The picnic tables looked like they were doing a conga line.
I laughed right out loud.
And then I called my mom.
"Mom!" I said, "You know the winter picnic tables, doing the hokey pokey? Well, when you did the hokey pokey, did you stand in a circle?"
"No." My mom said. "We stood in a line"
"Oh!" I said, laughing, "No wonder I didn't get it. We did the hokey pokey in a circle, so I never saw what you saw. But today it looked like a conga line to me and I started laughing."
My mom started laughing. She laughed for a while.
I felt so much better. I hadn't lost my sense of humor at all. The hokey pokey, to me, looks like this: