Short story...so this nice gentleman came from the house of worship to visit my dad in assisted living over the holidays.
The man talked about the speeches the clergy gave and how he only understood the basics, and the rest was sort of over his head (hey, I can definitely relate to that too...we all can).
Perhaps, this points to how important it is to talk to the people (and not over the people)--making it relevant and stirring--although it's probably not easy to give a speech that resonates well with everyone.
Anyway, there are good speeches, and then let's face it, there are speeches that could be better.
Afterward, my dad and this man joked about how they've seen some people actually fall asleep during the clergy's speech...yes, this is obviously not very respectful, but sometimes people just doze off perhaps because it's hot inside with all the people, and they work so hard during the week that they just are relaxed and off they go.
My dad goes on to tell this joke:
The clergyman is giving a speech from the pulpit.
All of a sudden he notices this guy sleeping in one of the pews.
The clergy says to the man's neighbor sitting next to him, "Can you please wake him up?"
The worshipper responds, "You put him to sleep, you wake him up."
Then my dad let out a really nice, healthy laugh...it was good to hear (the other guy was laughing with him).
On a side note, my dad said something else funny and insightful today:
"It's not easy getting old...it takes many years!"
Amen to that. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)