One of Favorite Speaking Engagements...
Speaking to a group of ladies, I shared a story about my sister, Carol who had a scare with breast cancer and became my inspiration for my 2nd book “What Ta-Tas Teach Us.” I emphasized how a positive attitude can help as we face difficulties.
After the meeting ended, an older woman approached me who obviously had a story to share. That happens lots of times to speakers. Many times you just tolerate the tale. Then there are those rare times when the story or joke is unbelievably hilarious. This is one of those times.
“The Wheel is Turnin’ but the Hampster is Dead”
“I got me a friend who had both her breasts removed,” said this friendly woman. “The doctor said she was a candidate for one of them special reconstruction operations. Well, she asked me go to the doctor and help listen ‘cause her husband is the kind that don’t get it. You know it’s like—the wheel is turning but the hamster is dead.
“Anyhow, I was setting in the office with my friend and her husband when the doctor said, ‘What I’m gonna do is cut yo’ abdomen and pull it up to make you new breasts. Y’all understand?’
“Well,” the woman continued, “that husband of hers was so confused. The doctor looked right square in his face and said, ‘Let me explain it like this. We gonna take yo’ wife’s stomach and pull it up and make new breasts. Y’all got any questions?’
He did not say that!
“‘Sho nuff,’ her husband said, ‘Yes Sir, I do. If she goes to gettin’ hungry, are them things gonna growl?’”
She said that doctor kept his composure until he left the room; then he let out a laugh that echoed throughout the office.
“Yes,” said my new friend, “we all needed a good laugh.”
Jane Jenkins Herlong is a Sirius XM Humorist, international best-selling/award-winning author, professional singer, recording artist and award-winning professional speaker.
Jane is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and one of the 232 men and women to be awarded this honor including former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the late General Colin L. Powell. Jane has also achieved the distinction of becoming a Certified Speaking Professional by the National Speakers Association.