Our Parish Nurse, Ann Yeo, shares a humorous perspective on the current pandemic (author unknown), which her uncle in Virginia sent to her. It reminds Ann (maybe you, too) of the long-term, popular column in Readers’ Digest, entitled “Laughter Is the Best Medicine.” Here it is:


  1. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.
  2. I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone. He asked me what I was wearing.
  3. 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.
  4. The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!
  5. This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her dog. It was obvious she thought her dog understood her. I came into my house & told my cat. We laughed a lot.
  6. Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
  7. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?
  8. This virus has done what no woman has been able to do. Cancel sports, shut down all bars & keep men at home!
  9. I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!
  10. I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
  11. I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to the Backyard. I’m getting tired of the Living Room.
  12. Appropriate analogy. “The curve is flattening so we can start lifting restrictions now” is like saying “The parachute has slowed our rate of descent, so we can take it off now.”
  13. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask & asking for money.
  14. The spread of COVID-19 is based on 2 things:
  • How dense the population is.
  • How dense the population is.


Did you get a good laugh (or several) when you read that? Great! Laughter is amazingly good for our health and well-being. If you are so inclined, you can actually read about the many benefits associated with laughter, as well as tips on bringing more laughter into your days – in an article on the Mayo Clinic’s website, here.

Nevertheless, realistically, the consequences of this pandemic may be very difficult for some of us. If members or friends of OUUC need support from their faith community, resources include our Minister, her Pastoral Care team, the Caring Friends network, and your Parish Nurse.

Blessings and peace!

-Ann Yeo, RN, MSN, Certified Holistic Nurse