Comedy: The Life and Times

2545117188_9b70af77e5_bWhat makes something or someone funny?

If we could “put our finger” on that, most of us would choose to become comedians. It is fun to be funny!

I was watching my 7 year old granddaughter make her 5 month old sister laugh. A delightful engaging scene. The first thing that I noticed and, had always known, slapstick comedy is ageless. Even infants know that falling on your face is funny and, the addition of surprise to that equation, makes it hilarious.

The puzzle that I am searching to solve is, how do some people make us laugh by their presence alone? I have a giggle reflex that starts when my sister enters the room. The same reflex happens with a few friends of mine too. The immediate solution seems to be that we have an on-going comedy act. Maybe a history of funnies that come to mind or, at least, are lurking in our subconsciousness. That might well be true BUT I have had the same comedic stirrings with new kids/babies in my day care program. One of my long remembered kids and I locked eyes for the very first time and laughed. We each just felt a bubbly energy when we were together.

Which now begs the question, where does that energy originate and what inspires it? Have you ever been in line at a grocery store and felt that connection with a complete stranger? I have. It always surprises and delights me. It’s often been said that dealing with the “public” is a chore. Yes, there are also people who can “put us off” at first glance. Is it their posture, lack of eye contact, facial expression? A fascinating psychological puzzle for sure.

Whatever the chemistry may be called, it makes the world a happier place knowing that comedy is alive and can be found when, and where, we least expect it. Surprise!

NATURE KNOWLEDGE: Eastern Ribbon Snake

This is an Eastern Ribbon Snake. There’s no doubt, when you look at the photo (above) ,why they are called Ribbon Snakes. They are very long and sleek. They are often confused with Garter Snakes (below)which are thicker and shorter.

Garter Snake (photo credit: Troy Bartlett)

I had to get a Garter Snake photo from elsewhere. My old photos are badly organized. Betcha know how that is?

As for Ribbon Snakes, both they and Garter Snakes, bear their young “live” in late summer (no egg laying for them). When I took many of my Ribbon snake photos, she was surrounded with smaller snakes. I figured they were males trying to mate with her.  Later on, I realized she was surrounded by her offspring since it was September and not mating season. (See how rumors get started?)

Mom with babies.

Ribbon Snakes eat bugs, small rodents and amphibians. They like to swim and are found hunting and living by water.

The one that I photographed (above) was a very large female. She was close to the maximum length of 29″. Yes, she was living right beside my little frog pond. I watched her swimming on several occasions.

As usual, click on photos for a closer look.

Watching them grow…

My Granddaughter and Daughter

Kids are the quintessential shape shifters! Even when I see them almost every day, “BANG” on any given morning, they are bigger than the day before.

I’ve concluded that growth is not at all gradual. My day care babies go home on Fridays and come back a “clothes size” larger the next Monday.

I look at my granddaughter (now 5). When did she become a little girl? I’ll never forget the time, her mother, went to bed a little girl and came to breakfast, a young woman. It was literally overnight! You’d think this kind of change would be visible as it takes place.

For goodness sake, treasure those days of childhood or you’ll blink and they’ll be gone.