#writephoto — Sailors’ Delight

Jason and his son stepped outside to look at the breathtakingly beautiful sunset. “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors’ take warning,” Jason said.

“Are you a sailor, Daddy?” Richie asked.

“No, son. It’s just an old saying,” Jason responded.

“But is it true, Daddy?” Richie asked. “Is a red sky at night good, but one in the morning is bad?”

“It’s based upon how the prevailing winds usually blow from west to east,” Jason explained. “And since we’re looking toward the west, where the sun is setting, it’s a good sign for tomorrow’s weather.”

Richie asked the inevitable question of an eight-year-old. “Why, Daddy?”

Jason sighed. “Well,” he said, “the saying assumes that when you see the rising sun illuminating clouds in the morning, more clouds will be coming in from the west, which portends cloudy weather to follow.”

Richie looked confused, so Jason continued, “But in order to see red clouds in the evening, sunlight from the setting sun must have a clear path from the west. Therefore, the prevailing winds coming in from the west will be bringing clear skies.”

“But why, Daddy?”

“It’s just an old wives’ tale,” Jason said.

“Is Mommy an old wife,” Richie asked.

Jason looked at his watch. “Oh my, look at the time. I think I heard your mother calling us for dinner.”


Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt challenge from Sue Vincent.

Droll Wit

img_0121When someone told me a while back that I had a droll sense of humor, I took that as the highest compliment. Droll means amusingly odd, whimsically comical, or buffoonish. Other than buffoonish, I agree that my humor tends toward the droll.

I’ve also been told that my sense of humor can be described as deadpan, which is dry humor or dry wit delivered with a deliberate lack of emotion or enthusiasm. I also took that as a compliment.

So why would I think “droll” and “deadpan,” when it comes to sense of humor, are good attributes? Here’s why:

Bob Newhart, Shelley Berman, Steven Wright (pictured above), Rita Rudner, Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, and Bill Murray.

These are just some of the brilliant comedians who come to mind when I hear the word “droll.” These droll comics, known for their deadpan delivery, are among my all-time favorite stand-up performers.

So yes, if someone thinks of my wit as droll or deadpan, I’m flattered. As long as they don’t mean buffoonish. I draw the line at buffoonish, dammit.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “droll.”