.Shedding light on the dark times is a lost art.
So, we have to really listen for the work of true artists that are all around us.
The ones that make us smile even when they don't even know they are.
That's why I love reading the conversations reported on Overheard in New York.
Except you don't really have to go any further than your family and friends to have a laugh.
And like all good bloggers, I was taking notes over the festive season.
Like these ones.
Mum: Did you know that the biggest killer of woman is now lung cancer?
Dad: And do you know what the biggest killer of men is?Long pause....while people guess.Dad: It’s Women....
Friend: I finally read your blog. Its funny.
Me: Thanks, glad you like it.
Friend: Yes, I think you could describe it as a work of friction as opposed fiction, because I didn’t stop giggling and it made me spill my coffee.
We were all discussing how we came to name our children.
Mum: Your Aunty didn’t name your cousin for ages because she and your Uncle couldn’t agree on a name. Poor kid. Finally, along came St Francis Day and they both loved the name so much that they finally named him.
Me: There's only one problem with that story Mum........... his name is Martin....
Brother: Come and help with the dishes.
Nephew: Can't I do it later?
Brother: No, it needs to be done now.
Nephew: But they say hard work only pays off in the future. Whereas laziness pays off now..
Brother: I can't put his response in print...
Dad: Coughing uncontrollably.
Oh dear (very seriously), my New Year resolution was not to die. It looks like I may be breaking it already and I’m only half way through New Years Day.
May you smile for a large part of 2009. It's one of the few things left which costs so little but can last a lifetime.......if we really want it to that is.