50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Robin O’Bryant

Each week, I ask someone interesting a question at least tangentially related to the subject of humor and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Robin O'BryantI always love when I get to welcome a fellow jokemaker into the fray, especially one as accomplished as this week’s guest, Robin O’Bryant. Robin is a humor columnist and stay-at-home-mother to three daughters born within four years. (She says she finally figured out where babies come from and got herself under control.)

Her first book, Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves, has cover of "Ketchup is a Vegetable"been rated #1 by reader reviews on Amazon in two genres, Humor–Essays and Humor–Parenting & Families, since December 2011. Robin won the South Carolina Press Association’s award for Best Humor Column for 2012, and she was among Circle of Moms’ Top 25 Funniest Moms in 2011 and 2012. In addition, Babble has listed Robin’s Chicks as a Top 10 Funniest Parenting Blog, and her work has been featured on Huffington Post. You can find her on Twitter as @robinobryant.

Robin uses her blog and newspaper columns to teach women helpful tips such as: how to breastfeed behind your back*, how to talk to your daughters about man parts, and how to write a proper goldfish obituary.

That last one in particular piqued my interest, so I asked her:

What advice can you offer parents about to preside at a pet funeral?

Keep it brief. The kids, much like most Southerners, are there as much for the Funeral Food as they are to pay their respects. Give Nemo a few words and a flush, then move on to Oreos. Mourning over.

I have to admit, Robin’s answer brings up somewhat painful memories of the time my parents “accidentally” put one of my goldfish in hot rather than cold water. Fortunately, that thing lived for like five more years, purely out of spite. And mom and dad still don’t have their stories straight.

Huge thanks to Robin for stopping by this Friday and preparing us should we ever find ourselves in Pet Sematary VII: Long John Silver’s.

Happy weekend, everyone.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

*Robin would like me to note that this only applies to lactating women with a DD cup or larger.

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