A week back, I searched online for the funniest books. I needed entertainment during my time off, and scrolled through a few lists to compile the tittles that would be mentioned the most often. The one that seemed to be favoured by many was the one I started my weekend with — it didn’t disappoint!

David Sedaris is a masterful humorist, and his acclaimed, “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” deserves every praises. Thanks to my mask, no one could witness my puffing cheeks, and the motor sounds covered up my withheld chuckles when audio reading in the bus. At home, I would burst out laughing while cooking or cleaning. My idea of not just picking personal improvement or education books makes an uplifting difference. Bringing back a sense of play in my life helps lightning my mood.

Instead of sitting still to watch a screen if I would have chosen the more common form of entertainment, I plug my headphones, and get moving. It motivates me through disagreeable tasks, and keeps me company in my frequent commute. It also has the benefit of broadening my literary repertoire. Wins compiling on wins.

French being my first language, and knowing how challenging learning another language can be, “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” captures wonderfully the ridiculous situations interculturalisme can bring. The story of a mild aged New Yorker moving to France, and attempting to bland in is a perfect setting for uncontrollable laughter. The first chapter was more dramatic than funny, but as the story goes on, Sedaris adds more and more humor. A great progression that makes the ending the more enjoyable. This book has earned its top ranking on many lists.

I’m preparing for bed with a smile on my face after a productive day of cooking, and cleaning. Tomorrow, I’ll be going to school to further study bringing with me a nice homemade lunch. Only 3 weeks left before my finals. I’m eager to visit my friends, and family afterwards to recover from this first semester in university. I can’t believe how fast it went by, but it’s been worth every effort.

Gratitude Journal:

I’m grateful for the softness of freshly washed bedsheets.

My daily diary as a student entering university for the first time at forty. Growth is my life long quest. Kaizenka, ex-nomade, foodie, and health nerd.