What’s so Funny?
I can’t remember when I met Megan. Our parents were close friends, so it’s likely we met when we were toddlers. But what I do remember is her laugh. She would laugh. Then I would laugh. It was that pee-in-your-pants can’t stop laughing kind of laugh.
I honestly don’t know what we laughed about, but it was always uncontrollable. I remember being in church and her parents let us sit in the pew in front of them. The laughing began and I was sure we would get kicked out of church. You know it’s gotta be good when you risk being booted out of God’s house.
I witness the same with my boys. And it doesn’t take much. Burps and passing gas are especially good to start the giggles. It’s a vicious cycle. The more they pass gas, the more they laugh which only makes them want to pass more gas. I know this is awful, but on more than one occasion my husband and I have told the boys to stop the behavior, but we can’t do it with a straight face. We start laughing too. Yes, we know it compromises our authority as parents but there are times we simply can’t help it.
The summer my mom died was the worst summer ever. I was angry and sad. I hadn’t laughed in weeks. A couple months later, I was at a friend’s wedding, and at one point I began laughing. I laughed so hard I remember my sides hurt. It was the Megan laugh. This went on for about 10 minutes, and I finally asked one of my friends what was wrong with me. “You’re having a good time. Duh.” I didn’t expect her to understand my grief, but I was so relieved to know I could laugh again.
This past weekend we were driving back from dinner, and the boys were in the back seat. They were recording themselves on the cell phone and playing it back right away. Over and over. And each time they did they laughed. I looked at my husband. His grin turned into a laugh. I thought the whole scenario was ridiculous, but I couldn’t help it. There we were all of us laughing at the same time.
Grown up life can be serious. Too serious at times. Jobs, parenting, marriage, health, and financial issues. Somehow there doesn’t always seem to be a lot of humor in those things. But it wasn’t always that way. So the next time you feel like laughing, let it out. That kid giggle is in there somewhere. You’ll know when you wet your pants or get a side ache.