Monthly Archives: February 2009

I love to laugh…

So there’s this rumor going around that laughter is the best medicine.  The Italians have a saying that laughter makes good blood or “Il riso fa buon sangue.”  My friend Melia recently wrote an article for the Jackson Free Press:  Laughter, The Best Medicine. Check it out. And one of my all time favorites, Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964):

And lastly, a friend of mine sent me this joke.  I had never heard it before and was pretty entertained. So to ease your ailing immune systems, I bring you a joke entitled “An Italian Boy’s Confession.”

‘Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  I have been with a loose girl.’

The priest asks, ‘Is that you, little Johnny Parisi?’

‘Yes, Father, it is.’

‘And who was the girl you were with?’

‘I can’t tell you, Father, I don’t want to ruin her reputation.’

‘Well, Johnny, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later, so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?’

‘I cannot say.’

‘Was it Teresa Volpe?’

‘I’ll never tell.’

‘Was it Nina Capelli?’

‘I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.’

‘Was it Cathy Piriano?’

‘My lips are sealed.’

‘Was it Rosa Di Angelo, then?’

‘Please, Father, I cannot tell you.’

The priest sighs in frustration. ‘You’re very tight lipped, Johnny Parisi, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for four months. Now you go and behave yourself.’

Johnny walks back to his pew, and his friend Nino slides over and whispers, ‘What’d you get?’

‘Four months vacation and five good leads.’

That little Johnny… so sneaky.  So for now: Viva Bene, Spesso L’Amore, Di Risata Molto. (Live well, love much, and laugh often.)

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