I have always loved to laugh. As teens my sister and I would have our friends spend the night on weekends and get in so much trouble laughing until the wee hours of the morning.
I remember when our authoritative and sometimes brutal father would be in a bad mood at the dinner table. He would greet everyone by, “and I don’t want to hear a peep out of anyone tonight, just eat!” One of us, usually me, would try to make an almost silent “peep” sound just to defy him, even if it possibly meant a beating. That’s how dysfunctional were all were. Then I would get a super case of nerves and want to burst out laughing, again at my own risk. I would sit there stifling my laughter, in which I would be making an audible sort of snort sound. Sometimes my siblings would join me and the harder we tried not to laugh the stronger the urge was to burst out with loud guffaws. About that time, if my dad was not in that bad of a mood, both my parents would join us laughing.
I remember one time sitting in church with my family and friends after I was married for a special Christmas program. The pastor walked out on stage with a hand drawn card in his hand. My oldest quickly telling us that the pastor was holding his card, he recognized it because he drew a bouquet of flowers on the back. The pastor then proceeded to read the card to the entire congregation “Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s snowing outside, and in here too!” The entire church broke out laughing and I was so embarrassed! My friend could not stop laughing even after the pastor began to preach so we both got the giggles and could hardly control ourselves. Best night ever!
To answer the question when was the last time I really laughed, it was while I was writing this, just thinking about it again.
I learned that you truly can laugh to keep from crying. That you can choose to see the light side of almost anything, so that’s my choice and hope you feel the same way!
Pop in a comedy tonight or just start watching some crazy pet or child video on youtube.com. A good laugh or silliness can really lighten your mood.