I am sure that everyone at some point would have heard the annoying sentence, ‘are you joking?’ from someone when you tell something serious.
I found the below extract as an awesome way to handle that kind of situation. Try this next time, I’m sure it will work 🙂
After I sit, Roemer clears his throat and says, “Before I start threatening you, is there anything you’d like to say?”
“Go ahead, then.”
“On the first day of school, a first-grade teacher tells her class they’re not babies anymore. They have to use grown up words. Then she asks the kids what they did that summer. The first kid says, ‘I got a bad boo boo.’ Teacher says, ‘No. You suffered an injury. Use grown up words.’ Second kid says, ‘I rode on a choo choo.’ Teacher says, ‘No. You rode on a train. Use grown up words.’ Third kid says, ‘I read a book.’ Teacher says, ‘Good for you! Which book did you read?’ The kid says, ‘Uh…Winnie the Shit!’”
All three of them stare at me slack-jawed.
Roemer says, “What the hell are you talking about?”
“I was telling you a joke.”
“A joke,” he repeats.
“Because when I told Lydia her daughter and her friends were drinking Saturday night, she said, ‘Obviously, this is a joke.’ When I told her Kelli let boys in the house, she said, ‘Seriously, Ms. Ripper. Is this your idea of a joke?’ And when you called me yesterday afternoon the first thing you said was, ‘Ms. Ripper, is this whole thing some sort of joke?’ I just wanted you to hear what a joke actually sounds like, so you’d know the difference.”