I scribbled notes during a session on lament at the Festival of Faith & Writing. If I’d used my laptop, I could feel more certain this was word-for-word (can’t keep up with pen and paper), but this is what I scribbled down.
"Underneath comedy is a lot of pain…I believe in the power of lamenting because a), you get a lot of jokes out of it…but there’s something about giving voice to it that takes away some of its power…lament is part of life on this planet. Adam sinned. That’s, like, in chapter three of the Bible. We’ve had crap rolling around on the planet since chapter three. We might as well acknowledge the reality of that.”
When Susan was unloading some of the pain and heartbreak of her life seven years ago, her writing group pointed out, “But you have great material!”
She replied, “I don’t want great material. I want to be happy!”
And, later, she added, “That’s the power of conflict and pain in our lives—it’s how we grow up.”