“Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It’s unbridled, its unplanned, it’s full of surprises.”
― Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck was often quoted in my family’s household as I grew up. Her humor was full of surprise. She addressed the mundane, her twist was from that of a housewife, mother, authoritarian, and woman who had always expected the unexpected. Sharing humor with others became her joy, her mission, and her livelihood.
I would venture to say that humor is successful when it is a surprise. A snowstorm is mundane, we expected it for the last five months. But during this last month, we have been transitioning to warmer days, planning cookouts, scouting out hikes, cleaning the gardening implements. So a blizzard in the beginning of April, although it has happened before, still can catch us off guard, as a surprise. The best overall response is to laugh. Mother Nature is clever. My photo shows that with the surprise and with the humor, there is also an immense beauty and peace. It isn’t what we expected, but the white covering over bulbs blooming, over greening lawns, showering over the startled spring birds, and blending with all the rest of the newness of spring is a delight. Once the snow melts, the warmth of spring returns within a few days, maybe even only a few hours. Winter took one last go at the land and will now be on her way. We get the joke, we applaud the spontaneity, and we then sit back a few more days huddled cozily under blankets with a cup of tea. Spring will be here soon enough.