Lately, I seem to be losing my sense of humor. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but my full-on belly laugh has certainly been endangered at best.
There have been warning signs. The clenched jaw, the grinding teeth. The glimpses of myself in photos with an, uh, shall we say “less-than thrilled” expression. Now that’s attractive…
My default face form seems to include a furrowed brow and pursed lips. Nice.
I’m not terrified by wrinkles or anything, but really, wouldn’t we all much rather work on our laugh lines than those cranky-pants creases?
I think I had a bit of a revelation a few weeks ago while I interacted with a patient’s mom. There she was, very pregnant with surprise Baby #5, helping her seven year old middle daughter recover from open heart surgery. She and her husband (who was recently home from deployment), smiled and laughed at the antics of their three other very active children. They were all gathered at their child’s ICU bedside. And they were purely delightful.
Seriously, if they can giggle like school children in the midst of all those circumstances, what is my problem?
Not that there is any shortage of ridiculousness in my life… There are plenty of occasions to laugh. And hard.
Just ask the motley peanut gallery discovered in a random cupboard…
Crazy, the stuff you find.
The big sis even recently started telling jokes. One of her favorites:
“What did one pancake say to the other?
What’s the batter with you?!”
She also loves her own abstract version of knock-knock jokes. She looks around the room for object nouns to insert into the appropriate scripted slots. On cue, the baby sister obligingly throws her head back and laughs a weirdly grown- up fake laugh.
Totally ridiculous, I tell you! And still there I am with all the clenching and the cranky.
Well, it is high time I do some lightening up, right? So, if you need me I will be over here working hard to not take myself quite so seriously.
Here… I’ll even start with my current favorite knock knock joke.
A little old lady.
A little old lady who?
I didn’t know you could yodel!
Okay. Now it’s your turn.When was the last time you laughed until you cried? What’s the funniest thing you have seen, heard, or read lately? Links and jokes are highly welcome. You never know- there may be a reward involved for finding my long lost funny bone! 😉