As Uncle Albert sings in the old Disney movie "Mary Poppins", I love to laugh.
Loud and long and clear.
The difference in laughing matters in our household can vary widely.
For instance, I think that this cartoon is hilarious. My Aspergian husband thinks it's stupid. He doesn't understand why I would make fun of people who have real problems.
However, if the dog lying under the dining room table suddenly passes gas, the Hubster will laugh himself silly, and still be laughing two hours later.
Distasteful, if you ask me.
I love puns and word twists. Steve loves rude body function noises and gross remarks.
To be fair, when the kids were young, my Hubby was a great pal to sit and watch SpongeBob Squarepants with, along with Dumb and Dumber. I loved Uncle Buck, What About Bob, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
When we were at one of the kids' school programs, one of the performers tripped on stage and my differently minded Spouse nearly split his side laughing. Can you imagine the glares we received from the parents around us?
"Sweetie!" I hissed. "Shhhhhhh!"
"But I love slapstick routines," Sweetie voiced loudly.
"It wasn't part of the show! She's embarrassed! BE QUIET!" I whispered back.
Later, when I tried to explain it to him in the car, he just sat shaking his head. He didn't understand why the girl would "perform" a stumble if it wasn't part of an act. As much as I tried to get him to recognize his social gaffe, he kept insisting that it was the highlight of the show for him.
I ran across a asperger site with some pretty interesting comments online the other day. It really stopped me to read how very complicated my husband's life can be. One Aspie said that the first time her fiance asked her out, she thought he was joking. She says that she will never live that down.
Steve and I are still working on ways that I can "signal" him to hush when he's being inappropriate in public. I still occasionally get a very loud "WHAT?" out of him. Generally I just have to say "shhhhh" and shake my head.
But sometimes I just have to sit on the other side of the room and wonder out loud who that guy is, lol.