Death and all things surrounding it are never humourous. Except when they are. And this is one of those times.
Ed recently went to a military funeral for a business associate. Even though I worked in the same industry as Ed (for five years), this association was before my time so I didn’t know the person. In turn, I didn’t go to the funeral.
Talk about dodging a bullet.
Turns out that it was raining that day. Raining would be a bit of an understatement. It was pouring cats and dogs and had been for hours. Everything was sopping wet; the ground, trees, and even the air. But nothing was wetter than Ed.
You see, it was a military funeral so it was held outside. In the pouring rain.
Now you’re probably thinking, poor Ed, he didn’t have an umbrella with him. Except he did.
But, according to him, he couldn’t use it because his was too “joyful” and “people should only use sober umbrellas at funerals”.
Is it rude to say that I am laughing so hard right now that I can’t even see the keyboard for all the tears?*
He also said that if anyone shows up at his funeral with a happy faced umbrella he’s kicking them out**.
So there you have it folks, according to Ed, at a funeral, etiquette requires that you look like a drowned rat instead of staying dry and using your “joyful” umbrella.
Are Joyful Umbrellas Considered Bad Funeral Etiquette?
* Even though I did ask a question, no need to answer it if the answer is “Yes”.
** I didn’t have the heart to remind Ed that there was a minor technicality to his statement.
As you know, I take death very seriously and don’t think that it’s a laughing matter, however, since there’s no manual for death, I’m going with it…