A few years ago my boyfriend and I were standing in a restaurant holding hands. A man came up to us and politely asked for us to stop doing that. He was with his 2 young kids. He was incredibly lovely and asked, “Sorry, can you please stop holding hands. I don’t want to have to explain it to the kids on the way home…”
We were a little taken aback, offended and ended up leaving the restaurant feeling depressed. We told a friend about it later that night and he called me the next day to ask if he could use the story in his stand up routine, we didn’t have a problem with it at all. The great thing I learnt about this situation was that although a terrible thing happened, a good thing came from it. Toby used the story in his stand up routine and it was hilarious (his version of it). I think doing comedy, improv, performance, writing a blog or any creative outlet is brilliant as a way for you to filter bad experiences. Sure a bad thing happened but now I have a story and it’s reframed. After a while you get really good at this and you can sense bad experiences while you’re in them will turn out funny. With this filter spending 22 hours stranded at an airport can be slightly more bearable.
Also, here’s the stand up routine our friend delivered:
“So some friends of mine were about to sit down at a nice restaurant. They’re a lovely gay couple and this guy comes up to them and asks, “Can you please stop holding hands. I don’t want to have to explain it to the kids on the way home…”
They really felt sorry for this poor guy, how is he supposed to explain to his kids that their father is a ******* ****head.