Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Sometimes I see humor in the oddest places February 5, 2016

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Motorhome in Owatonna in January


WHEN I NOTICED THIS SCENE in a residential neighborhood along a busy street in Owatonna, I laughed. I can’t pinpoint the precise reason. Perhaps it was the juxtaposition of winter (the snow-covered yard) and summer (the motorhome and thoughts of camping).

Or perhaps I laughed because the camper covering reminds me of a Paul Bunyan-sized sleeping bag.

When laughter erupts unexpectedly, I accept it. Laughter is a gift.

Β© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


31 Responses to “Sometimes I see humor in the oddest places”

  1. So much dear dear optimism in this camper covering – they have more faith than I. Once I get to February I believe summer will never come.. laughter is good for the soul especially a wintry one. c

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Laughter comes in the strangest ways sometimes and yes—embrace it always. What I find funny is so often not funny to anyone else and that is okay, isn’t it? It does look like a giant sleeping bag —-but a snowy one.

    • I’m the same way. What’s funny to me others don’t find humorous. And what they find funny, I don’t. You know what’s making me especially happy? That amazon prime commercial with the mini horse. I watch it online sometimes because it makes me so darned happy. The music. The sweet little horse. Everything about it.

  3. Almost Iowa Says:

    During a Minnesota winter, everything has to bundle up.

  4. Gunny Says:

    Also, “must be a redneck when” the value of the vehicle parked in the yard is worth more than the house it is parked in front of. Reader’s Digest has a column called “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. During my training prior to going to Viet Nam, we had been given fresh (really short) haircuts. On a number of occasions we were admonished for various rule infractions, promotions were frozen, time off was reduced to very little and whatever time we had was micromanaged. This seemed to prompt the response, “What, you gonna make me grow my hair long, promote me, send me on leave and make me stay in the USA?” Laughter is a gift and we can find it nearly everywhere we go, regardless of where we go. So, in your own wanderings, don’t forget to pack your sense of humor!

    • I thought the same about the value of the house vs. the motorhome, but was too polite to mention that here. Whether you’re a Redneck or not, I always enjoy your comments, Gunny.

      • Gunny Says:

        Having grown up most of my life in the Southwest, Depending on where one finds me, would determine what people would think. One would probably think I am a “redneck” as I drive a pickup. More dirt,, more better! I often speak with a slight southwestern drawl (different than a Southeastern drawl), wear boots, jeans or tan slacks, odd shirts with either multiple pockets or a southwestern pattern either a ball cap or a cowboy hat. FYI: I do possess a graduate degree and on occasion have cleaned up quite well according to my Missus. I got enough stickers on the backside of my truck to embarrass my wife and keep a passenger in another vehicle entertained for about five minutes as they pass me by. Just because I am looking for some humor in life doesn’t mean I can provide some!

      • You seem like a mighty fine man, Gunny.

  5. Haaaaaaaaa, haaaaaaaaaa, haaaaaaaa. I was thinking that maybe an arctic camo cover would have been a bit more appropriate than the desert one..

  6. I would have headed out into the RV to some place warm and sunny and sandy – ha! Happy Weekend – Enjoy πŸ™‚

  7. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Too funny. I never would have thought of Paul Bunyan but I did think that the camper was nicer than the house. Then again you can’t see under the cover. Maybe that’s the reason.

  8. Don Says:

    Camper hibernation!

  9. Jackie Says:

    It’s good to see humor around us… it doesn’t have to be for a reason. I like your idea of the giant sleeping bag πŸ™‚

  10. hotlyspiced Says:

    Laughter is definitely a gift. I’m glad you’re able to have bursts of laughter during your long winter xx

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