Serving up Smiles: The 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift

Serving up Smiles: The 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift

Retold with poetic license by Susan Deborah Schiller

From the Series "The Humor Barista: Serving Up Smiles!"

One of the best ways to help a survivor is to develop a repertoire of jokes and funny stories. It sounds really simple and it is… but it works! For more ideas on how to help (and not help) a survivor of sociopathic abuse, click here.

One of my husband's favorite jokes is about the older couple, in their sixties, walking along the beach. It's their 40th wedding anniversary and a bottle has washed up on shore. I hope I can remember all the lines!

"Look, Alfred, an old bottle!" exclaimed Jenny, dashing into the waves to scoop up the treasure.

"It's just a dirty old bottle, leave it – we've got better things to do," said Alfred, looking at his watch. He was hoping to catch the end of his favorite football game, back at the hotel.

Jenny smiled, beaming like the little girl she still was in her heart, and popped the cork off the bottle. Swish! Bang! A genie popped out, landing with a plop in the sand right in front of the amazed couple!

"Your wish, Madame?"

Jenny, grinning from ear-to-ear, replied: "All my life I've worked hard waitressing at the local cafe. I've had this dream of traveling all around the world, cruising across the ocean, and seeing the Seven Wonders of the World."

The genie scratched his chin, then pulled out a travel package from his billowing vest. Proudly handing the envelope to Jenny, he said to her: "Madame, you have tickets to cruise on the Queen Elizabeth around the world, visiting all Seven Wonders. You have first-class reservations with all meals, transporation, tips, and boarding passes included."

Jenny clasped the envelope to her heart, dancing in circles for joy.

Turning to Alfred, who was skeptical, to say the least, the genie asked him, "What wish can I grant you, sir?"

Alfred shut his eyes for a moment and shot back his reply, "I'd like to travel the world, too, with a woman 30-years younger than I!"

The genie raised an eyebrow and then smiled, "Your wish is my command!"

Swish! Bang!

Immediately Alfred turned into a 90-year old man!

Choosing love today,


PS  Abuse survivors and all of us need lots of oxytocin, which is released into the brain during laughter and good times with friends, so please feel free to pass along the fun! The Good Humor Barista is serving smiles, open for business 24/7 by clicking here. Give yourself and someone you love a giggle, a belly laugh, a smile, a joke, or a good hug today! You'll boost your immune system and feel so good!

Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor –  to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.

Copyright 2013, Susan Schiller, Permission is granted to copy, forward, or distribute this article for non-commercial use only, as long as this copyright byline and bio, in totality, is maintained in all duplications, copies, and link references.  For reprint permission for any commercial use, in any form of media, please contact Susan Schiller.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Gertraud Walters October 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

That served him right 🙂



Susan Schiller October 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

It’s such a humorous ending, isn’t it, Gertraud 🙂


Joyce October 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Laugther is the best medicine!  Thanks for the extra dose, as I am coming down with a cold. 


Susan Schiller October 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

Oh Joyce, I’m sorry you’re feeling ill today – I hope your immune system tackles this cold in no time flat! Thanks for coming by to visit even when you’re feeling down!


Heather October 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

Susan, thanks for the smile. I agree with Cathy be careful what you wish for.


Susan Schiller October 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

Hi Heather… thanks for visiting today and sharing! 🙂


Cathy October 15, 2013 at 8:07 am

What a great "funny story", Susan!  Large doses of humour help relieve stress.  This is a cute reminder to be careful what we wish for 🙂


Susan Schiller October 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

Thanks, Cathy… I agree… be careful what you wish for! 🙂


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