Sometimes life can be so complicated sometimes. Things happen, situations occur and some days it can be hard to plaster a smile on your face, let alone burst into genuine laughter. Worrying about loved ones, like my dad having a stroke and my father-in-law dealing with a terminal illness that’s taking its toll; good friends going through a nasty divorce and custody battle, or finding out yesterday that my bi-polar younger sister attempted suicide and I’m 3000 miles away and can’t be there for her.
These are the days of my life.
But in spite of it all, you have to keep a positive attitude, get through each day and hope and pray for the best. Laughter? Can sometimes be elusive, but oh so necessary.
When we were kids, my brother and I made up a game we called ‘Laugh Your Head Off’ – we’d sit in his room and take turns trying to make the other burst into laughter. We’d do funny antics, see who could outperform the other in the most outrageous funny faces, and when one would start laughing, the other would chime in until tears were rolling down our faces in glee. My brother and I were smart aleck’s – still are, actually. It never grows old, really. I just wish he wasn’t 3000 miles away, we’d probably be cracking each other up on a regular basis. It would probably drive my hubby nuts.
I have a dry sense of humor – sometimes it takes a minute to ‘get it’ when I proffer a zinger, but when the light bulb goes on, laughter ensues. My hubby has a dry and sarcastic sense of humor – he’ll proffer a zinger with a dead serious face, often making people wonder if he was joking or serious. Usually he’ll end up bursting out in laughter and they’ll follow suit. Of course he does get annoyed when we end up laughing at his expense – when he gets really tired, he acts like he’s drunk, even though he hasn’t drank a drop. I don’t know how many times, when we’ve been at a party or hanging out with friends until the wee hours, that we’ve all been practically rolling on the floor with laughter because of him being loopy without benefit of a loopy-making beverage. You know the kind of laughter – that once you start, you can’t catch your breath because you’re laughing so hard? Fun times.
Princess Nagger is also a very big source of laugh-inducing times – like the time she came into the kitchen and saw me washing dishes at the sink. She was five at the time, and in a very matter-of-fact voice told me I needed to get Dawn Direct Foam. She had just seen the commercial for it, and thought she’d inform me that there was something out there to help me with my task at hand. She makes me laugh every time she becomes a commercial announcer and rattles off a commercial verbatim to try to convince me that whatever was advertised was something I need. Or that she wants.
No matter what kind of day I’m having or have had, I can always count on Princess Nagger to bring a smile to my face – even when she’s in Drama Queen mode. In fact, I think it makes her more mad when she’s in DQ mode and I can’t help myself but laugh. She’s goofy and silly and a constant source of entertainment. Who wouldn’t laugh at funny things like her ‘Free Showers’ moment:
Or when she was dancing in the rain:
You can’t help but smile. Or even laugh. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.
What makes you smile or laugh?
This Laughter Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by Jen, who is another constant source of entertainment as she shares fun antidotes as Sprite’s Keeper. Stop by and check out the other Spinners – you’ll enjoy some laughter for sure.