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Things aren’t always as they seem. When my new co-worker (and future husband) gave me the finger, I was a little taken back! Watch this video to see why he did what he did. 🙂

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About lauriebarkercopeland

I'm just like you, but totally unique. We have things in common, but we are all God's one-of-a-kind creatures. I enjoy finding The Funny in life when it gets messy. And we all know how life can get messy, right? Some of the things I love: God, family, friends, storytelling, community, nature, the arts, beauty, travel, fun and games, learning, the study of the personalities, teenagers, acting, writing and missions. More specifically: the mountains, the beach, breathing clean air, traveling to new places, experiences, deep conversations, appreciating the minute in nature, lunching with girlfriends, practicing sensing, predicting trends, taking a few risks along the way. I hate routine, so starting (and keeping up) this vlog is risky for me...but I love community (and a few risks), so I'm going for it! I hope you join me and we can have some Serious Fun together!

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  1. First of all-LLL..that story you shared reallyhit my funny bone….(located further up from the middle finger- btw)

    Well ,gestures taken the wrong way or any type of miscommunication too, can become something of a topic for years to come. Hopefully, a tale of humor to share. I remember my sister and I sitting in Chi Chi’s restraunt. It was our favorite place to ‘celebrate’ or have girls time out. If we didn’t have a reason, we were known to FIND one! Once settled into a great seat and starting to catch up on the latest news etc. ,Susan gave the waiter her order . When it was my turn, I told him my order but somehow with his accent and my interpretation of how he was comprehending my words, I was ‘concerned that we did not have a total understanding! I confided to my sister that the way he looked at me ,in that rather bewildered glaze, that I may not be getting the right order.
    I said I thought I should perhaps have him repeat my order back to me! She assured me that my order was indeed intact and that I should just relax. We had a delicious and fun meal together, as usual. I was so enjoying our time together I had quite forgotten the REASON we had called our ‘Chi Chi conference’. So, being so unaware and caught up in the fun and reminiscing I was in pure shock and panic when I saw the waiter and a BAND of similar looking’ Mariachi’,heading my way ..and singing loudly!! oh no, I said to my sister. The waiter DID misunderstand me! THEY THINK IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!! Afterall, they were looking at HER!! You must understand that we had come into the restraunt together so I had no clue that she had ‘called ahead’. lol With only one marguirita I guess I forgot that my birthday was a week prior and that was acutally why WHY we were there! Well, that was a good reason…lol, if remembered! We had the best laugh ever!!! Thanks Laurie, for the reminder that things are NOT always …’ as they seem’ !! ~ LLL

    • Ha! Good one, LLL! I had a similar restaurant-lost-in-translation experience too. My family were in France and my dad needed to find a bank to exchange some money. He called the waiter’s attention, then used the menu as an example to find out the current exchange rate. He didn’t get anywhere with this form of communication, so he dropped it, and left us waiting at the restaurant, while he searched for a bank. After a long time, we began to wonder why the waiter wasn’t taking our order….until out came FIVE HUGE platters filled to overflowing with…frog legs. Yes, FROGlegs! Apparently, my dad had ordered five portions while trying to get the current exchange rate! As an eight-year-old I could care less if they “tasted just like chicken.” I was still grossed to the max at the sight of ’em.

  2. Digital communication. Heh. That’s awesome. 🙂

    I leave small clowns around the house for my Hunny to find. He’s afraid of clowns. It keeps him on his toes. The one looking down at him from our bedroom ceiling fan was probably the best. His sense of humor improves with every clown finding.

    • Hahahaha!! You are a sick individual, Flea! (said with much love and admiration…) I love it! I would have love to be a fly on the wall when he discovered the one looking down on him from the ceiling fan….

  3. Laurie… you are such a Barker! You tell the best stories! On our first date, my husband and I went to a folk concert and then to a restaurant for dinner. After the waiter seated us, John leaned in close and said, “I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.” And me, I’m thinking, here it comes, the first kiss. It’s a little soon, but, hey, it’s fine by me. Then he stands up and says, “Do you happen to know where the restrooms are?”

  4. Living in New Jersey less than 15 miles West of NYC you could say that finger gestures are the norm when driving on the Garden State Parkway, Rte’s. 80, 46, 280, 287 or the dreaded NJ Turnpike…but I have found that with these gestures they always make me aware that God still has a plan for us…a head nod, a wave hello or a smile face glued on a stick in response. Thanks for sharing Laurie, keep them coming ❤

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