The Smirk

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Last week, I wrote about the Announcement videos I produce each week for our worship services. A quick reminder- they are designed to A. streamline the announcement process in worship, B. thereby save some time and C. Be mildly entertaining so that, perhaps, people will pay more attention to them. 

I have a set of recurring characters who come and go to deliver the announcements, so that I don’t have to completely reinvent the wheel every week. That approach seems to be working out well. Last week, I wrote about the fact that, during the Easter season, I am “doing” Peter Cottontail, whom I debuted last year. That would mean that this past Sunday was Week 2 of this year’s iteration of the character.  

To create him, I simply don bunny ears. I then slow down both my delivery and my movements. Then, in post-production, I speed up the film playback by 30%. The end result is that my slowed-down speech and movement seem normal while the pitch of my voice is elevated substantially. So, you get a 56-year old guy with a somewhat grizzled beard, glasses and bunny ears who sounds like an elf! It is quite effective and more than a little bit unsettling! Here’s what it looks like.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYFdihv9Dac 

 

If you watched that video, you heard the quote from the movie Independence Day early on. My goal is “entertaining while still squarely focusing on SHORT and INFORMATIVE”. So, I look for short, almost “throw-away” lines that will elicit a laugh but not take long to set up. After that line appeared (and the laugh died down!), I leaned to my wife, who had just heard it for the first time, and whispered, “I was especially proud of that line!” She turned her head to me, smirked (a LOT like her dad used to!) and whispered back, “You really shouldn’t be!” We both laughed hard enough to embarrass ourselves in church! 

I love the relationship my immediate family has with each other. Last week, it was my younger son watching Peter Cottontail and saying to me, “I don’t know you!” This week, it was that retort from my wife. The bottom line is that we laugh a lot. We have fun with each other. We joke with, and about, each other all the time. It makes life SO much more enjoyable! If you don’t laugh enough in a day, if life is just one serious moment to the next, I encourage you to loosen up. Live life. Have fun. Be willing to laugh at yourself. In fact, try to laugh at yourself. It helps you to NOT take things so seriously! 

We continue to focus on the glass being half-full. We continue to embrace each day with grateful thanksgiving. #TheGlovedAvenger #TeamHarris #WarriorOn! #Huzzah! We greatly appreciate your prayers, love and support. Check back regularly or simply subscribe to receive an email every time there is a new post. Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day. Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus! 

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