Well, I guess sometimes, things are just ‘obviously obvious’. Makes sense, right? The urban dictionary says that this term is “Used when someone asks a question and they already know what the answer will be; mostly asked by people who ask questions just to hear their own voice.” Now I must admit, that this is sometimes true, even in my own case. But this week, I read some really funny “obvious” jokes, and I wanted to share a few before moving on to my blog point.
- Guess who I saw yesterday. Who? Everyone I looked at. (my favorite)
- What did Batman say to Robin before they got into the Batmobile? Robin, get in the car.
- What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor? Anybody seen my tractor?
- What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator.
I have to tell you that I have not only laughed at these, but have told them several times to anyone who would listen, and laughed every time I told them. I am not ashamed either. Now, back to some things being ‘obviously obvious’. I have been observed on several occasions by well intentioned folks who inform me that I must be nervous because my hand or my leg is shaking, or that my back must be really hurting because I am stooped over, or that I must be really mad or upset because of the look on my face. They tell me that I must have a lot on my mind because I am really forgetful, and often stop right in my tracks like I am frozen and can’t seem to make up my mind where I want to go. I have been asked why I seem more emotional or distant, or why it is they don’t really see me out and about like I used to be, or why I seem to avoid crowds and events with a lot going on. When I have had the opportunity to share that I have Parkinson’s, and that this is just part of the disease process, most folks generally didn’t know about the disease process, or, that I in fact had it.
As a matter of fact, a lot of those same people will even tell me that I seemed normal the day before, and that I don’t really look like I have Parkinson’s. I laugh sometimes at the word normal because I feel normal almost every day, just challenged more some days. But my definition of normal and your definition of normal may not be the same, so yeah, normal is kind of a funny word to me. As for looking like I have Parkinson’s, I am not sure about that one. It is ‘obviously obvious’ that I do not need a hair brush, and it is probably ‘obviously obvious’ that I do not spend 6 hours a day in a gym. But for a disease that seems to be ‘consistently inconsistent’ (nice play on the words there), I am not sure if it can be ‘obviously obvious’ that I have Parkinson’s most days just by looking at me.
So, what is the ‘obviously obvious’ point in all of this? Yes, my body is moving crazily sometimes and my emotions and responses are way different than what you may have experienced in the past. I may not go to functions and go on trips and go to houses like I used to, and I may not participate in things like I used to. I may have to make things smaller and simpler and more routine, and that may not be the me from before. But hopefully, what remains ‘obviously obvious’ is that I am still me on the inside, and I still laugh and care and love and celebrate and live life, it just is scaled down quite a bit because honestly, that’s all my mind can engage on most days. And, by the way, what is blue and smells like red paint? Blue paint. I will be taking next week off from writing to enjoy the holiday. Have a safe and happy Labor Day!
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