Saturday Morning Message: Funny Moments

Author: Carol Lane

Good morning,

Sharing memories of our loved ones sometimes makes us laugh and they always make us feel less alone. This week’s Saturday Morning Message shares some of the times that make us laugh. Enjoy this week’s message.

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Carol Lane
Mother of Bryon


Answers from Survivors

Responses from Survivors to last week's question: What is one of the funniest things your loved one did? 

From Bob, father of John: Kitty, John, his wife Delfie and I had all gone to the Big Island of Hawaii for R & R for John. While there we visited several touristy sites and among them was the Volcano House. We were standing outside looking into the cauldron of lava when a voice came from behind me and said, "Bob, what are you doing here?" I turned around and said, "Mrs. North, how are you?" This was a teacher from my school who had retired about four years earlier. John looked at me and said, "My God, do you know everybody?" This occurred after three other encounters on the island where I had recognized different people. I further replied to him, "And you always wondered how I knew what you kids were doing." I think he remained baffled for years.

From Kelsey, mother of Michael: I was making a salad and asked Bear to help. I gave him a head of lettuce and told him to hit it on the counter to take the stem out. He rammed it down and lettuce flew everywhere. I said, “I guess that's my fault for asking a Marine to hit lettuce!”

Sheryl, mother of Adam*: Adam and his father were both theater majors in college. One Christmas they dressed up as kings and sang a disco version of “We Three Kings. The rest of the family laughed until we cried. I smile whenever I hear that song.

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*corrected on January 29, 2020.


Question for Next Week’s Saturday Morning Message 

The question this week was given to me by Lalaine, daughter of Francisco. It is: What is one dish you ate that brought you comfort in the early stages of your loss? Was it something someone made for you? Was it something you made for yourself? We should have some interesting answers to this question. We look forward to your responses. 

Questions are the backbone of the Saturday Morning Message. In order to keep the Saturday Morning Message fresh, I am looking for more questions. If you have questions or topics you would like to see addressed in the Saturday Morning Message, you can email me at I directly receive all responses that are sent to this address. Replies to the weekly question are best sent to me by Tuesday morning. You are an important part of this message, and I look forward to your questions or any ideas you may have.


♫ Song for the Week

This week’s song, "Memories," sung by Maroon 5 is from Leslie, mother of Eugene, who wrote, “We do wish our loved ones were here, but they are not. The memories and love are what we have left. So true.”

You can send me favorite songs for this song of the week section at and include a note about why the song is meaningful to you.

Other Items and Events of Interest

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Important Note: In-person registration is still open, but we are in a waitlist situation due to COVID occupancy restrictions in the State of Virginia. 

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About the Saturday Morning Message

The Saturday Morning Message (SMM) is a weekly communication contributed by survivors. The primary focus of the SMM is to foster peer-based connections for support and encouragement. It is the goal of this communication to foster a safe, supportive place where we can openly share in a nonjudgmental and caring manner. Read and contribute as you are comfortable. Content submitted for the SMM is edited for space considerations and may be used in other TAPS publications. The loving family at TAPS is available to you 24 hours a day. Please call 202-588-TAPS (8277).