The graduation reunion is intended to relive the good old days. No longer a homogeneous group that follows the same leader, the status quo is disrupted, and disagreements surface. Accusations fly "you have changed," and "you are not the same since you left."
Isn't that the point?
We are born to continue to develop and grow, becoming more than we were before. Just as our palate and musical taste become diverse, what tickles the funny bone, is bound to evolve.
I asked the gentleman next to me in the sandwich line, about the inquiry and he thought of his family. When the kids were younger, they would make disrespectful comments, and laughter would ensue. When the kids got older, it was not appropriate and no longer funny. His wife would carelessly spend money in their earlier days, and it was tolerable, but now every cent counted and the humor was gone.
The sandwiches were ready before I asked what he thought was funny today. When we parted, he was deep in thought. Next time I will ensure to wait for the second answer.
Children signaled a significant shift for David. He started looking at comedy through the eyes of his kids and wanted to postpone the rude and crude until they were older and defaulted to family-friendly comedy to provide an example.
What were the milestones that caused abrupt changes to your comedic taste? What changes have been more gradual? What type stayed with you the shortest time?
I met James on the way to the parking lot. He attributed his changing taste to maturity. He enjoys sarcasm and mockery as he has aged because he is easier going. Additionally, his wit has improved, and he is better at giving and receiving barbs during the banter.
What performers have you enjoyed the longest? What subjects are "off limits" for you? What friends and family enjoy the same comedic genre? What joy do you finding in humor today? What caused you snicker, giggle, or laugh today?
P.S. This is your fair warning, if we bump into each other on the street, I may ask random questions.