This is what it looks like when two goofy “older women” friends slip into their boating attire, in gleeful anticipation of a sunny, Saturday boat ride/swim on Lake Simcoe. I’m not proud of it but I am the one, doing the karate chop on the left – the other individual has requested anonymity! I have always felt rather insecure about how dreadful I look in any kind of headpiece but once I added the colorful, tie-dyed moo-moo and the sun glasses, somehow the ugly helmet-hat just became part of the whole package. My friend and I roared when she changed into her new bathing suit cover up and came into the living room – other then being a different color, it was EXACTLY like mine! Truly, this is beauty to behold!
It’s a wonderful gift to be able to laugh at life together and it’s really important to learn how to laugh at yourself. If we don’t let pride get in the way but rather, go with the flow, so many day-to-day comments and experiences can bring on the giggles and lighten the load.
I’m not sure how the following topic came up but a couple of weeks ago, Chris and I were with Phoenie and this was the conversation that sprung forth:
Diane: You know what, Phoenie? There are actually people in this world who eat people.”
Diane: Yah, they’re called cannibals. Do you know what a cannibal is?
Phoenie: “Yup!” At this point, Phoenie threw himself down to the ground and curled up in a ball. From within this tiny little ball came a big voice, asking “Right Nana?”
Diane: (laughing) No Phoenie…not a cannonball, a cannibal.”
The three of us laughed, including Phoenie. Not too long ago, he would have cried because he would have thought that we were laughing at him, but now, he’s growing up – his sense of humor is broadening and maturing.
Life is painful and disappointing and hurtful and all that stuff…but it’s also very funny at times.
Stephen King once said, “You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” I would add this to that delightful observation… and when it plops down, enjoy every side-splitting, breath-taking, headache-causing, body-trembling second of it! My girlfriend has this funny little sign in her den that says, “I laughed so much, there were tears running down my legs!” Sometimes, it comes to that!
A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22
(Title quote is from Mary Pettibone Poole)