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There once was a time – long ago – when I thought I was swearing if I used the word “stupid.” I thought it was profanity. Yep. Stupid, right?

As children, my sisters and I weren’t allowed to use the word – at least not in the presence of my parents. We were told that “stupid” was a “bad” word and that nice girls didn’t use “bad” words. If my parents heard my sisters or I using “stupid” in a sentence, we’d be punished. This usually meant that extra chores would be assigned to the offender or a privilege would be taken away for a day or two. If they caught us calling one or the other “stupid” then the punishment was even worse. We might not see a favorite toy or be allowed to play outside with our friends for a week or more. Saying “stupid” in any regard was a big No-No in my childhood home and for several years I thought it was a swear word.

My sisters and I were permitted to use the word “dumb” … sparingly. We could say, “that’s a dumb question,” but only as long as it wasn’t in reference to a question my parents had asked. “Dumb” had to pertain to homework or a silly situation. We couldn’t say that he or she was “dumb” – because that was too close a substitute to saying “stupid.” We had to be careful.

I don’t know when I initially realized that “stupid” wasn’t a cuss word, but even then I didn’t use it much. I’d already been programmed not to.  :) My parents never said the word either – at least not until my sisters and I became teenagers and started doing really “stupid” things. At that point, my parents really couldn’t help themselves. “Stupid” flew out of their mouths quite easily. “What are you? Stupid? You skipped school and you didn’t think we’d find out?” Or the famous, “That was really stupid, Marcia!” I heard that a lot in my teenage years – believe me … but I really couldn’t blame my parents for saying the “bad” word … because I really did do some really “stupid” things back then.  :D

Anyway… “Stupid” wasn’t a word that I was allowed to say … and to this day, I still try to refrain from using it as much as possible. Sometimes, however, like my parents, I just can’t help but say it. Sometimes “stupid” is the only word that fits a situation or a question.

I’d like to agree that “there are no stupid questions” – that all questions are worth asking – that if someone really needs to know something that they should ask no matter how stupid the question might seem. It’s how we best learn. And there have been several occasions in my life when I’ve heard someone ask a question that many considered “stupid” – yet I learned something important or valuable from the answer that was given and I felt relieved that at long last someone had been brave enough to ask the stupid question.

There are indeed times though when a “stupid” question is exactly that – a stupid question – and I was reminded of this the other day when I heard a story that my youngest niece Haylei was telling.  She works as a clerk at a local drug store and she deals with customers and the public every day. A few days ago, Haylei was cashing a woman out when she noticed that several items the woman was purchasing were on sale that week.

“Do you have our discount card?” asked Haylei.

The woman fumbled for her keys and pulled them out of her purse. On the chain she had several discount cards. Holding them, she paused and looked up at the ceiling … then she looked around at the store … then back at her cards … then up again at the ceiling … and then finally the woman looked back at Haylei. “What store is this?” she asked.

Haylei calmly answered the question and took the entire incident in stride. She says she’s used to it – there’s seldom a week that goes by when one customer or another doesn’t ask this same “stupid” question. Customers get to the register to cash out and suddenly forget where they are.

I don’t know if it’s the way Haylei told the story (she has an excellent sense of humor) or if it’s because of the way I imagined this scene playing out in my head, but whatever it was, the story completely cracked me up with laughter. I can see how this incident could occur all the time if Haylei’s drug store was in a plaza. People often wander in plazas going from one store to another. I can see how they could lose track of which store they’re in. But the drug store where Haylei works is a stand-alone store. There are no other stores beside it or even close to it. Now I know I’m making a few assumptions, but this to me means that the woman had to have driven intentionally to that drug store to purchase the items that she selected and was about to pay for. How did she NOT know where she was? That to me is a “stupid question” …. and that brings me to today (September 30, 2014).

It’s Ask a Stupid Question Day. That’s right. There’s actually an official day for this occasion and I didn’t know it. (Probably because I’d never asked the right stupid question.) Anyway… it’s true … and Days of the Year can prove it:

 

Stupid Question

 

 

Today is also Tuesday – which means it’s Tuesday Ten day – which means that Lisa and Rabia (the hosts) know all about Ask a Stupid Question Day. They chose it as our topic today and to participate I must pick 10 Stupid Questions to answer from a list of 1oo that can be found here.

And that’s my “stupid” intro. It’s time to get down to it – so here are the “stupid questions” I chose … along with my stupid answers.  :D

 

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  • Comedy Plus - I use the word stupid all the time. There are so many stupid people roaming the world. Yes indeed. Bless their hearts.

    I love this post. Parents try their best to make their kids so this or that, but sometimes they don’t heed their own advice. All it takes are teenagers to have that all go down the drain.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ♥♥♥
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    • Marcia Shaw Wyatt - Yes indeed, Sandee and thank you! :D I can’t think of a single time in my childhood when either of my parents uttered the word. But then I turned 16 or so… and everything changed – including the “stupid” rule. :DReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - My son is in elementary school so stupid still is a bad word. This morning I told him it was Ask A Stupid Question Day and when he repeated it back he asked, What does Ask A Dumb Question Day mean? Love you answer for millionare. I would love to have my own private jet to travel everywhere.
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    • Marcia Shaw Wyatt - I think it’s great that “stupid” is still a bad word, Kenya! It teaches kids to respect other – and that’s definitely not a bad thing! Your son sounds like a little sweetheart. I love that he replaced “stupid” with “dumb” when he asked his question. Too cute! :) Thank you very much for your comment and I loved your Tuesday Ten post as well. I’m anxious to check out all the great links you included.ReplyCancel

  • mike - I want to say that is stupid, but I don’t want to cuss…
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  • Lisa @ The Golden Spoons - Ha! I do remember thinking stupid was a cuss word, too! I listen to a lot of country music, too. And, hold on to #5 – one of our upcoming topics is to list 10 pet peeves!!! :-)
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    • Marcia Shaw Wyatt - Thank you, Lisa. So glad you gave me a heads up about the Pet Peeves upcoming Tuesday Ten topic. I’ll gladly start making my list now because that’ll really be a fun Tuesday. Can’t wait. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rabia @TheLiebers - My kids use the word stupid more than I’d like, but they probably learned it from me. I hope you get your private jet soon! If not, I hope you get to visit your niece and her daughter lots anyway!
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  • Jamie - I love Grey’s Anatomy too!ReplyCancel

donkey
Young Paddy bought a donkey from a farmer for $1,000.

The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

He arrived as agreed, but when he drove up he said, “Sorry Paddy. I have some bad news. The donkey died.”

“Well then just give me my money back,” said Paddy.

“Can’t do that, son,” said the farmer. “I’ve already spent it.”

“Well, okay then,” said Paddy. “Just bring me the dead donkey.”

The farmer took off his hat and scratched his head. “What are you going to do with him?” he asked.

“I’m going to raffle him off,” said Paddy.

“You can’t raffle a dead donkey!” said the farmer.

“Sure I can,” said Paddy. “I just won’t tell anyone he’s dead.”

A month later, the farmer met up with Paddy again and asked, “What happened with that dead donkey?”

“I raffled him off,” said Paddy. “I sold 500 tickets at $3 each and made a profit of $497.”

“Didn’t anyone complain?” asked the farmer.

“Just the guy who won,” said Paddy. “So I gave him his $3 back.”

Paddy now works for IRS.

 


 

Silly Sunday

 

Silly Sunday” is a fun blog hop hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus each week and you can click the link to be transported there. Here is how it works:

  • Blog about something funny, silly or laughable – a joke, comic, funny story, etc.
  • To add your funny blog post in the hop, enter your name and your post’s URL in the Silly Sunday Linky that’s shown below.
  • To add the Linky to your joke post showing all the Silly Sunday joke entries for the week, visit Comedy Plus and grab the code that must be inserted in your text editor. You’ll find it at the top of Sandee’s blog under the heading: Silly Sunday Code. The code changes each week. Simply copy and paste the code for the current week in your text editor where you’d like the joke list linky to appear; hit publish and shaazam it appears.:)
  • Hop around (from blog to blog) and enjoy the jokes, etc. posted by other Silly Sunday participants and have a lot of fun and laughs today!
  • Oh yeah, and don’t forget to comment on the jokes that make you smile or tear up with laughter … because your comment will do the same for the blogger who included and posted the joke.:D

 

Here are the jokes included in this week’s Silly Sunday:

 

 

 

dinner party
Have you ever been to a dinner party that was a flop? I have … and let me tell you, it was NOT a fun evening.

The food served for the meal was great. The dinner party host was charming. The setting was absolutely perfect – as was the table. Everything was beautiful and appeared to have been perfectly arranged. The host had really knocked herself out. So what was the problem? Why did her dinner party flop so miserably? … It was the guests. She invited the wrong mix of people to her party. We didn’t gel. Other than the fact that we were all friends of the host, we had absolutely nothing else in common. Many of the invitees were in fact, introverts. They either didn’t like to to talk, or they didn’t want to. Conversation didn’t flow. Laughter didn’t erupt. Fun never happened. The dinner party was a complete snooze and I couldn’t wait to leave.

I learned a valuable lesson from that disastrous event: Food won’t make a dinner party succeed; the right combination of guests will.

A lot of work goes into planning and preparing for a dinner party. If you don’t, however, invite the right mix of people to attend your party then you might as well save yourself the effort and never even have one. It won’t be a success. You won’t feel satisfied or rewarded afterward … and neither will your guests.

So how do you pick and choose? How do you know or decide who to invite? How can you guarantee that your dinner party will be a complete smash instead of a complete snooze?

I don’t know. Beats me. (Sorry. Hope you weren’t hoping that I could answer that question.)  :)

I’ve been invited this week to host an imaginary dinner party on Tuesday Ten so let’s see how I do. I have to invite 10 people to attend. They can be anyone of my choosing from either the past or present. I’m of course hoping that my imaginary dinner party will be a smash hit … and in my imagination it’s bound to be.  :)

Here’s who I’d invite:

 

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silly sunday
Suzie was all alone. It had been two months since her dear Herbie had passed, and she just couldn’t seem to move on.

“Listen here Suzie,” said her good friend Barbara. “Maybe you should go see a psychic? One of my friends did it after her husband died and it made her feel so much better knowing that her dearest was happy.”

So that’s how, on the next Tuesday, Suzie found herself in a dimly lit room with a crystal ball and a psychic talking in a calm voice.

“Is he here?” asked Suzie.

“Yes, I sense him,” the psychic replied.

“Can you ask him if he’s happy?” Suzie hesitantly asked.

“He’s putting his hand to his mouth like he wants to smoke,” said the psychic.

“Oh, of course,” said Suzie. “He needs a cigar. Herbie can never last more than a few hours without a cigar. I guess they don’t have cigars up there. Did he say where he is or how I can get one to him?” Suzie asked urgently.

“Hmm,” said the psychic. “I can’t seem to get that question across to him. But then again,” she said after a brief pause, “he didn’t say anything about needing a lighter!”

 


 

Silly Sunday

 

Silly Sunday” is a fun blog hop hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus each week and you can click the link to be transported there. Here is how it works:

  • Blog about something funny, silly or laughable – a joke, comic, funny story, etc.
  • To add your funny blog post in the hop, enter your name and your post’s URL in the Silly Sunday Linky that’s shown below.
  • To add the Linky to your joke post showing all the Silly Sunday joke entries for the week, visit Comedy Plus and grab the code that must be inserted in your text editor. You’ll find it at the top of Sandee’s blog under the heading: Silly Sunday Code. The code changes each week. Simply copy and paste the code for the current week in your text editor where you’d like the joke list linky to appear; hit publish and shaazam it appears.:)
  • Hop around (from blog to blog) and enjoy the jokes, etc. posted by other Silly Sunday participants and have a lot of fun and laughs today!
  • Oh yeah, and don’t forget to comment on the jokes that make you smile or tear up with laughter … because your comment will do the same for the blogger who included and posted the joke.:D

 

Here are the jokes included in this week’s Silly Sunday:

 

 

 

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