• Jenny Lynn Keller

Southern Humor


What do bathrooms and Southern-fried Fridays have in common? Humor. Am I going to tell you a bathroom joke? Nope. Why make up a story when everyday life provides many of the funniest moments? Southern bathroom humor from days long ago comes to mind. Like when my father as a child lit a pack of firecrackers and threw them inside the family outhouse. He and his brother laughed their heads off until more than sparks flew out the door. Yep, you guessed it. Neither one knew their father occupied the same space.


High school and college pranks rank high on the bathroom humor list—petroleum jelly on toilet seats, food coloring in shampoo bottles, laxatives in brownies, to name a few past experiences. Well, by now you’re probably wondering how in the world I’m going to tie bathroom humor to God and the unique yellow blooms in the picture. One word. Senna. A common wildflower in the southeastern United States. While bees love the flowers, for centuries Native Americans prized the plant’s leaves and pods as a powerful and reliable purgative. Translation: laxative. The pharmaceutical industry agrees with them and still uses senna today in many over-the-counter laxatives, which brings us to 1 Timothy 4:4. “Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks.” Now I doubt the Apostle Paul was referring to senna when giving this advice to his young minister Timothy, but the plant is a great example of his statement. Personally, senna is one of God’s creations I’m content with leaving in my garden to be received with thanks by the bees.


Hey, don’t worry, I’m not asking anyone to share bathroom humor, but I would love to hear what you’re thankful for in your life. Indoor plumbing is on my list.

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