Last week was a tough week. The record-breaking number of COVID cases, the new health protocols being put in place, partial lockdowns and the threat of Christmas being cancelled have all weighed heavily on a lot of us.
The snow dumps haven’t helped, only because I hate cleaning off my car and driving through it. My kids have enjoyed sledding and playing in it, which is the silver lining.
But overall, I’m glad last week is behind us. Everything has felt so heavy. It’s been hard for me to find joy in the small things.
I’ve felt the pressure to try and keep things as normal as possible for my children while the world seems to be in chaos. I know kids are resilient but raising them during a pandemic is hard.
I was in a funk all week and I think my five-year-old has noticed. She came up to me one day and told me she’s learning how to tell jokes. She asked me why the chicken crossed the road so I told her I didn’t know, waiting for her to respond and she just stared blankly back at me, I think waiting for an answer.
Her heart was in the right place, even if the punch line wasn’t.
I tried explaining how jokes worked, but I couldn’t remember any that were age appropriate. So we went to Google and found some on the internet.
Here are our favourites. Maybe they’ll bring you a slight smile or you can try and cheer your children up with one or two if they need it.
Why are fish so smart?
Because they live in schools!
Where do polar bears keep their money?
In snow banks!
Why is Cinderella bad at soccer?
Because she is always running away from the ball!
Where do cows go on Friday nights?
What did one snowman say to the other snowman?
It smells like carrots over here!
Maybe laughter is the best medicine. Research has shown that laughter can relieve stress and can even boost the immune system. There was even a study done in Europe that found people with a strong sense of humour outlived those who don’t laugh as much.
I know, it can be hard right now to smile. Sometimes it helps to actually count your blessings.
Or ask the person next to you what the funniest thing they’ve heard this week is.
Maybe you’ll both get a good chuckle and even if its just for a couple of minutes, maybe the coronavirus cloud hanging over your head will disappear.