I sit here today at my desk with a ton of things to do and write and my mind is focused on the tragic events of Saturday’s senseless shooting. I have lived in Tucson all my life and never has my hometown been so rocked. How can I write an article on retroflection when my heart is so filled with sadness and then, it got me thinking…
When I was sad as a child, I turned to humor. Not that I see humor in this situation, but when I need a break from my tears, and my heart that is aching, I turned to humor. So I will do my best to reflect on what amused me as a child growing up.
I suppose there is one person that always brought a smile to my face as a kid, and that was Carol Burnett. The show began in 1967 when I was just 9 years old. I laughed so hard most the time at this red head that delivered humor to my living room. I recall when I got in trouble at home for doing something mischievous and I was sent to my room, I would think of Carol Burnett and something she said, and would giggle to myself.
The show ran for 1967 to 1978 and won 22 Emmys and through those years, I don’t think I missed a single episode. I am unsure what was some of the funniest moments of the Carol Burnet Show were to me. “As the Stomach Turns” made me giggle something fierce, and I am unsure who can forget, “Went with the Wind” the parody of Gone with the Wind.
I loved it when they cracked each other up and they still continued to film the show. I knew that feeling well and know how much harder you laugh when you try not to laugh. The TV commercial parodies used to make me laugh as well and my friends and I as kids would make up TV parodies all the time.
The humor that Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, and Lyle Waggoner gave me was absolutely priceless. This great cast literally made Americans laugh through good times as well as bad times thanks to characters such as Mrs. Wiggins, and Eunice of Mama’s Family, the old married couple and of course, the cleaning lady.
I think one thing that sticks with me about Carol Burnet was her Tarzan yell which I admit I still occasionally do. The other treasure the show gave me was the end song of “I’m so glad we had this time together,” and what I called an ear wave, which I catch myself still doing here and there.
So with earlobe between my thumb and fingertip, I am so glad you spent a few minutes reading and hope it gave you something light hearted to think about for a brief moment.
By the way, what was your favorite Carol Burnett Skit?