Whether it’s being a parent of a toddler, constantly refereeing skirmishes between the family pets, or having major appliances break down prior to an all-family Thanksgiving dinner, one must always have a sense of humor. A good sense of humor helps to keep one’s sanity!
I had lunch yesterday with a friend I worked with several years ago. She told me she laughs herself silly every time she remembers I comment I made all those years ago. I had just had my first colonoscopy (which in itself is far from humorous) – the one I got pneumonia from (another story for another time) – and I made a comment to my children that I relayed to my friend. I told them, “In spite of what your father thinks, the doctor did not find my head up there (my arse).” My friend couldn’t even keep a straight face when she told me that yesterday!
A good sense of humor will serve one well as one navigates through the twists and turns of life. The ability to laugh at oneself is also a good thing. One of the major problems with the current occupant of the White House is his inability to laugh at himself. But, I digress.
There have been many times when I have been Facetiming with my oldest son’s family and granddaughter #1 will do something. I have often had to stifle a laugh because it’s humorous to see her doing what he did when he was her age. Of course, that gets me in trouble and encourages her even more. I told my son that some things just aren’t worth getting upset about and a good laugh will make the situation lighter.
I remember once when oldest son was a little more than a year old. I was making pancake mix and he was beside me. As I turned to take the bowl from the counter to the stove, I tripped and the bowl ended upside down on his head. Horrified, he stood there with pancake batter running down his face and spurting and crying. I tried not to laugh, but it just soo funny! Of course, I cleaned him up, apologized, gave him hugs and kisses and made the pancakes.
Going through a divorce may not seem funny at the time, but there are things I remember and I wish I’d had a better sense of humor about them. I can look back at that time and see where it was good that I did have a sense of humor. Laughter seems to lighten the situation and reminds one to not take oneself or life too seriously. There is a time and place for seriousness. It takes a great deal of maturity to know when to laugh and to be able to laugh at oneself. I hope you have a rib-aching good belly laugh today! Stay tuned. . . .