Thursday, August 11, 2011

Writers Workshop

The Prompts:
1.) The Police said it best when they said, “Every breath you take/And every move you make/Every bond you break, every step you take/I’ll be watching you”. Write about a time you believed someone was watching you.
2.) If you had the opportunity to throw a dream party for your closest family and friends, describe what that would look like.
3.) Opinion post:Write about how you feel about cussing in blog land? Acceptable? Unacceptable? Do you keep reading?
4.) Write a poem about your childhood to the beat of a Jump Rope rhyme. Example here.

5.) I sometimes laugh when I’m uncomfortable…or being yelled…or in church…or at a funeral. Write about a time when you laughed at an inappropriate time.

Mr BankerChick and I were attending a funeral of a relative by marriage. I did not know the deceased, but did know the family. When we arrived at the funeral home and were seated, in the back thank goodness, we noticed that room was set up where the coffin was on a dias behind a curtain. I was newly married and living in a new community, and actually had not attended many funerals in my life, so I was trying to maintain a degree of solemnness and I was not really "feeling it"  I  told Mr BC that it looked like we were attending a play with the deceased in the starring role.

The music raises we settle back and SWOOSH the curtains open and there he was. I still maintain that he was sitting up in the coffin, Mr BC says he was raised up a little more than usual.  Either way, I was startled and started to giggle,  Mr BC shushes me grinning. I reach for a tissue, trying but failing, to suppress the giggles. Every time we would look at each other we start over.  I finally got up and stepped into the LOBBY. I am not sure if anyone other than Mr BankerChick's mom saw our reactions. But I always think of this as a time that I laughed 'til I cried.


  1. This brought back the memory of when my granny died. Dad took a phone call and when he hung up he said to my Mum "They've had to nail her down" meaning the coffin lid obviously, not my granny. Well I set of laughing and I just couldn't stop, so I know exactly how you felt.

    I felt terrible because I really loved my granny but I couldn't help it. I've since learned that it's not uncommon for people to be hysterical with laughter at funerals.

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! :-)

    I giggled reading your story. Curtains, swoosh ... that's enough to make anyone giggle.

    Visiting from MamaKat's!

  3. We all have our "laugh till we cry" moments, yours just happened to be in a funeral home! That's just too much! Great recollection, hope to hear more. :)

  4. I have so been there! I think funerals suck and there should somehow always be laughter! Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

  5. Maybe you fooled them with the kleenex? Mmmm ... probably not! :)

    Visiting from Mama Kat's :)

  6. LOL - too funny! I have been there. I tend to laugh in uncomfortable social situations and sometimes the giggles just take over. :)

  7. Who planned this funeral?!? The curtains, the even slightly raised corpse? Too much! I am afraid I might have been in the back with you!

  8. Oh dear! I would have run out screaming. That is a great story.