This happened in third grade during recessĀ inĀ the monkey bar line….

Catholic Girl: Lisa, why are you so funny?
Me: I don’t know.
Catholic Girl: Stop being funny. You don’t want to grow up and be like Joan Rivers’.
Me: Why not?
Catholic Girl: Because she’s Jewish.
Me: I am Jewish.
Catholic Girl: Well stop being funny and maybe it will change.

I got on the monkey bars, hung upside down and cried, because I didn’t know why I was Jewish and why I was funny.

Then I yelled at the top of my lungs, I rather be Jewish and funny than Catholic and not funny!

RIP Joan