A routine coffee run turned into something unexpected for Sue Schuerr.
Schuerr, a retired English and drama teacher at Cary-Grove High School, is a featured author in the new book release, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine," a collection of 101 funny, embarrassing and other feel-good stories told by the people who lived through them.
Schuerr's story, "Sweet Delusions," is about what happens when Sue and her husband, Larry, mistakenly get into the wrong car in the Panera parking lot thinking it's theirs. They soon realize the error after some closer inspection, but not before Larry forgets to grab his coffee.
When Sue and Larry find their own car, they drive away before Larry notices what is left behind.
"I said, 'I hope he likes it sweet,' because Larry drinks his coffee [with] five creams, five sugars," Sue said.
Schuerr, who lives in Fox River Grove, has a personal blog at lifewithlarry.org, and has other stories published in collections and anthologies, but nothing as big as the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.
"Chicken Soup for the Soul" has sold more than 100 million books in the U.S. and Canada, with more than 250 titles and translations into more than 40 languages. "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine" is the first book in the longtime series devoted entirely to funny stories.
Each book receives thousands of submissions from authors, with only 101 stories chosen.
Schuerr is already hard at work on a story for the upcoming Christmas edition. A lot of her ideas come from funny moments and laughs that she shares with Larry.
She said that now, more than ever, everybody can use a pick-me-up and a good laugh. She recommends getting a copy of the book and reading one or two stories here and there.
"Every day we’re getting more bad news," Schuerr said. "It's important to laugh. You can read one or two stories a night after dinner, or you can read it as a family, just before bed. With all the heaviness taking place right now, it will be good for your digestion."
"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine" is available at Amazon, Target, Walmart and other retailers.