In Others’ Words: Is to Laugh
“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” ~ Bill Cosby, comedian
Long, long ago, I was a mom of one little boy. This little guy had been sick for days.There was no leaving the house — we didn’t dare wander too far from the bathroom.
Finally — 24 hours of all-is-well. So, I call Sara, my mom-friend, and suggest an outing to the mall. Not that I had any money to spend, but, hey! let’s just get out of the house for the morning.
Two moms. Two preschoolers buckled in car seats. Freedom. The mall — a mom’s mecca — in sight. And then … what’s that ominous noise I’m hearing in the back seat? I pull the car over to the side of the road. Exit the car, stage left. Open the back door to check on my toddler son … duck in the car …
And my son throws up in my face.
All over me.
In silence, I calm my crying son. Clean him off. Walk back to the driver’s seat and get back into the car. I can see the mall … so close and yet so far away. Sara asks, “Are you OK?”
“Give me a minute, ” I say, as I wipe throw up off my face, my coat. “I can’t think of anything funny about this right now. But give me a minute …”
And then we both start laughing. And laughing.
Because, really, what else can we do? Cry?
In Your Words: When have you survived a difficult or painful situation with a little bit of laughter?0 I like this!