Cheeky Charlie



Meet Charlie, named after Charlie Chaplin as he was born with a smile and has been a joy ever since.

Charlie Chaplin once said: Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. I like to laugh a lot – from giggling at little things to donkey snorts and side ripping raucous laughter. Charlie the donkey made me reminisce as he nudged my hand to stroke him.

One funny moment that sticks firmly in my mind happened about 25 years ago. I stood in front of my work colleague, a dear friend, in her office and ranted at her for upsetting one of my valued customers. During my rage, getting louder and more obnoxious as I went, a sudden intervention came from nowhere. The universe had had enough of me. In the middle of my overreaction, my friend’s face paling with each word, I was literally knocked off my feet and ended up in a heap on the floor in front of her desk. It was as if the Hulk had picked me up and slam dunked me to the ground. There was no explanation. One second I was standing, the next hitting the deck. My friend – yes, she was still my friend after all my hot headedness - peered over the edge of the desk and looked down at my startled face. That was it. The laughter ignited and wasn’t even interrupted as our Boss came into the room to investigate the commotion. To this day, I don’t know what happened but I still giggle at the thought and learned a valuable lesson – control and diplomacy.

Have you had any funny, inexplicable moments that left you laughing your socks off?

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  1. I certainly have. But I'm not telling you here. It's the third of my Three Lovely Things on my blog. I reckon it was the Universe giving you a shove. You'll never get what I have if you act like that. And you'll need to see my blog to d=find that out too. Sorry for hi-jacking yours.

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  2. 25 years have passed and the universe certainly taught me a lesson. Thankfully I listened and learned. I'm hopping over to find out your 'secret'. :) Thank you for popping by to comment.

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  3. I was at a first aid talk and they were talking about the dangers of electricity. When one of the women said, "You have to watch out for electrical shorts," I got the giggles. I tried to suppress it as no one else seemed to find it funny but I ended up with tears streaming down my face. eventually, I had to leave the room and was too ashamed to go back in!

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    1. I think I would have joined you, Wendy. Hilarious! People are far too serious at times. Where's the fun in that? :) Thank you for sharing. Lovely to 'see' you. Have a great week.

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  4. During my first year of teaching English, I'd also been given Year 9 double RE last on a Friday afternoon (!!) on my time table.They didn't want to be there and neither did I. One Friday, the little darlings were being particularly obnoxious and one was wandering around.
    'Peter Parry, get back in your desk,' I said.
    With that he returned to his desk, lifted the lid and stood in the desk. Everyone - including me! - began giggling unable to stop.
    From then on, I never had any trouble with the class. I think it was the laughter and me seeing the funny side that helped my reputation as a new teacher. :-)

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    1. That's a great one, Jan. I'm sure there are many more school hiccups. I know mine are in abundance :) Thank you for sharing and for taking the time to comment. Lovely to 'see' you.

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  5. That you both started laughing is hilarious! Good timing on the divine intervention I'd say.

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    1. I think the great Divine had just had enough of me and taught me the importance of a sense of humour :) Thank you for commenting Alex - always great to 'see' you.

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  6. Aw, isn't Charlie just gorgeous?
    How weird your experience was xx

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    1. And there are many more weird and wonderful Life Lessons that I've learned along the way, Teresa. Those moments are what make us what we are today. Charlie is gorgeous and was such a happy and cared for 4 legged friend. Bless! Thank you for commenting.

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  7. Oh my! It sounds like you both needed a good laugh, and I'm glad you weren't hurt with the sudden fall. While I was performing in a play, I was supposed to hit a guy's hat propeller. Instead, I accidentally hit him in the back of the head so hard his hat fell off during a performance. It worked for the scene, but I barely held myself together. As soon as my scene was over and I was far enough off stage, I burst out laughing. Oops.

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    1. I would have loved to have seen that, Cherie!! What fun! I hope the guy's head survived :) I too have some wonderful stage performance tales to tell. Such a rewarding and fun thing to do, especially when kids are involved. Thank you for popping by to comment. Always lovely to 'see' you. Wishing you all the best with "Once Upon a Nightmare" !!!

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  8. Love the photo of Charlie, and what a great story about the unexpected fall on the floor! I can't remember specific incidents just now but I'm sure I've had many.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. Wishing you lots of success with "Summer of the Eagles". I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  9. That is too funny! The fact that you both laughed explains why you are still such good friends! you sound like a fun person! Keep that spirit!

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    1. Thank you, Terri! The sun is shining - summer has finally arrived in Germany (mind you my British skin doesn't much care for 37 degrees day after day). Nevertheless spirits are high! Wishing you a fabulous 4th July. All the best.

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  10. I love donkeys - they always make me smile :)
    And thank you - and your commentators - for all the laughs!
    Strange how falling over can be so funny. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to go for a bike ride. We got our bikes out of the garage and I waited with mine on the driveway while he locked the garage. Suddenly there was a crash behind me and I looked round to see husband lying on the ground tangled up in his bike. The kind, caring side of me was wondering if he was hurt - should I try to help him up, or phone for an ambulance? - but I couldn't do anything because I was laughing too much. And he couldn't help himself because he was in fits of laughter too. When I eventually managed to ask him how on earth he'd fallen off his bike before he'd even got on it, he could only shrug - which set us both off again! Luckily, he wasn't hurt, and the bike wasn't damaged, but it was the best laugh we'd had in ages!

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    1. Thank goodness he wasn't hurt and the fun began even before you started peddling :) What a great story, Linda. Bikes have certainly given our family plenty of funny memories too; which I may share at a later date. Just thinking about them makes me giggle. I hope you both enjoyed the rest of your ride. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your fun. All the best!!

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