Didn’t Get the Joke?

I’m sympathetic to people who don’t have a sense of humor.  But I find it very difficult dealing with them.

Now, when I say that, let me hasten to add that I don’t find everything funny that other people do, and I appreciate that there are those who aren’t going to share MY sense of humor, either.  Not everything is for everybody, and not everybody is going to “get” every gag.  The expression “I get it; I just don’t think it’s funny” is perfectly valid.  Most of us can tell when something is said jokingly, whether it appeals to us or not.

But I’ve run across a few individuals, here and there, otherwise intelligent, who don’t seem to understand the concept of humor at all.  Relating to them is tough for those, like me, who are constant jokers and clowns.  I can be serious when the occasion calls for it, but it’s not my default state.  Interacting with someone who’s nothing BUT serious?  It’s like we’re speaking different languages.

I interacted with one lady recently on social media who took a tongue-in-cheek thing I’d posted and treated it absolutely at face value, and was rather offended and delivered a small lecture.  It was a gentle and affectionate jest,  nothing mean-spirited.  Dozens of people “got it,” with hers being the only negative reaction, so I don’t think it was the content itself that was the trouble.  It’s possible I’d touched on some sore spot, but in that case I think she would have said something along the lines of “I realize you’re only joking, but…..”   I think I’d just found one of those poor souls who, for whatever reason, don’t recognize humor.

I didn’t respond to her comment, and don’t plan to unless she persists.  I feel bad for her, but we don’t speak the same language.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.