Here's a quick quiz for you. No pressure, the grade won't count. So sharpen those pencils, put on your thinking caps, and get to work!
1. Upon hearing that a 16 y.o. hitchhiker put her purse under her coat to appear pregnant on the side of a busy highway, in order to elicit sympathy and perhaps a ride from a stranger to the closest gas station since she had borrowed (without asking) her mother's BMW and promptly ran out of gas, you:
a) vow to never let your own child near this deviant
b) alert the authorities
c) forget she's supposed to be pregnant and offer her a cigarette in front of the nice Dutch man driving you both to the gas station, as requested. Oh, and all the while, you laugh hysterically.
2. Upon seeing that the aforementioned teen must have given birth, because she is wandering the downtown streets holding a baby (which is really a doll wrapped in a blanket), you:
a) make a mental note to track down this sick girl's parents
c) hand her your fake baby so you can try on prom dresses. I mean, seriously, how are you supposed to find the perfect dress while caring for an infant?! Oh, and of course, you laugh hysterically the entire time, perhaps to the point of needing to find the nearest ladies' room.
3. Upon discovering that your grades may not get you into any college whatsoever, and desperately not wanting to be murdered by your dad, you:
a) sign up for summer school
c) convince your fellow "teen mom" to help you break into the counselor's office to alter your transcript and steal copies of the not-so-great letters of recommendation. However, petrified that you may have actually gone too far this time, you do not laugh hysterically... until you are safely home.
If you chose c) for all three answers, you are either insane or have had the pleasure, at some point in your life, of having a very best friend, with whom you share the seemingly inexplicable, yet always hilarious, "inside joke".
The inside joke can be a safety net for long term, long distance relationships. It can be a band-aid to initiate healing in a fractured friendship. It can be an island of retreat when that pesky "real life" starts to bring you down. What's not to love?!
I love how the humor of an inside joke grows exponentially over time.
I love how fewer details of an inside joke need to be repeated as it ages.
I love how an inside joke can cloud the bad, yet magnify the good.
And, how can you love an inside joke without loving the person with whom you share it?