“I liked that joke the pastor told in the sermon this morning,” Rolly said during lunch at home after the church service. “Didn’t you?” He shot a look at his dad and then his mom.
“Joke?” repeated Dad. “I didn’t hear a joke.”
“Honey, you were late getting to the sanctuary today,” Rolly’s mom said. “You had to go home and change your shoes because the heel of one of your new shoes fell off.”
Rolly laughed. “That’s funny,” he said.
“I don’t think so,” Dad said. Then to Mom, he said, “That’s right, dear. I did.”
“Did YOU hear the joke?” Rolly asked Mom.
“It wasn’t really a joke,” she said. “The pastor just commented that a good sermon should have a good beginning and a good ending. And they should be as close together as possible.”
“Well,” Rolly said, “if it wasn’t a joke,” he said, “why did everyone laugh?”
“Rolly my son,” Dad said as he reached for the tomato sauce, “be careful not to confuse laughter with happiness.”