I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, my son learned something new! The bad news is it’s how to tell good news/bad news jokes…
In church on Sunday, pastor was telling a few jokes, as pastors do when they want to set up a topic, and they happened to be good news/bad news jokes.
“Pastor, the good news is the elder board voted to accept your job description as you wrote it. The bad news is that now they’ve started a search committee to find someone qualified for it.”
“Pastor, your biggest critic has left the church! Unfortunately, he’s now your district superintendent…”
Then, he told a more serious example of good news coming with bad news in the life of the author of the “Experiencing God” study. His book was selling fantastically well when his wife was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
Well, it was at this point that Ethan turned to me and whispered, “Dad, I thought of a good news bad news joke!”
“I have some good news and some bad news! The good news is your book is selling really well. The bad news is…your wife has cancer!”
Um…well, we explained that that wasn’t really a good joke since cancer is a really bad thing, and it’s not good to make fun of serious things like that.
He figured it out, and we were treated to a long series of jokes on the drive home. Not fantastic jokes, but slightly more lighthearted.
“I’ve got some good news and some bad news! You’ve got a new mansion for a house! But, the butler’s a clown! Hahahaha.”
Hey, it’s not Shakespeare, but then it’s also not making fun of tragedy any more.
Say. That makes me think of a joke! “Mr. and Mrs. Capulet: I have some good news and some bad news. Well, the good news is that you’re not going to have to worry about your daughter Juliet pining away after that no good Romeo any more. The bad news is…”