My sister likes to send funny pictures to me, my other sister, and my mom on her phone. Sometimes they are photos of something dumb she’s done, like wearing her shirt inside out with company over, or sewing pajama bottoms without a pattern (she doesn’t believe in patterns) or a vegetable from her garden with extra parts. Sometimes, it’s just a silly picture she found on the internet.
Sometimes, my sister and I will keep the string going and reply with other dumb pictures or goofy stuff we find on the internet. I’ll be chuckling and my husband will ask, “What’s going on over there?”
And, I just say, “Sisters.”
My mom will usually chime in later, and say, “You girls are nuts.” And then someone will write, “I’m going to bed!”
And, that’s code for, “Let’s be done now.”
I love it when these small gifts are shared later in the evening. And then, at bedtime, I rest my head on my pillow with a lighter heart and gratitude for these special people in my life.
Perhaps we carry this trait from our crazy Irish aunts, Pat, Marge, Cele and Mary.
It’s impossible to spend time with these women and not leave without your cheeks aching from laughter. My dad used to tell funny stories, but these ladies just ARE funny. They’ve all suffered loss and journeyed through heartache, but still – their laughter is their buoy.
Even the Mayo Clinic prescribes laughter for what ails you.
Laughter relieves stress, improves our immune system and mood and lowers our blood pressure.
In any case, we should all be more intentional with accumulating fodder for laughter, whether it be comics, stories, videos or memes. And, then, don’t be selfish in keeping it to ourselves.
Because laughter is more than medicine, it truly is a gift.
I am participating in the 14th Annual SOL 2021 March challenge. For 31 days, I will attempt to write and share a small slice of life from my days. If you’d like to read more of today’s slices from other teacher-writers, please head over to twowritingteachers, who have also committed to this challenge.
4 thoughts on “Laughter is Medicine #SOL 25/31 ~ 2021”
Cool, Shari! Yes, keep on laughing as it will present a lighter day for you. Here’s a good one for today…it got cut off, but I think you get the jest of it. :.) “I decided to take an aerobics class. I bent, twisted, gyrated and jumped up and down for an hour, but by the time I got my leotard on…”
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Auntie Mary – this seriously made me laugh out loud. Love you ~
I love your ‘silly’ pictures! Sisters ARE the best! I can’t imagine life without mine. We laugh, cry, tease, gossip… and end our days lighter too!
I enjoyed the photos so much here and found myself laughing at several of them. I love this tradition you have in your family of sharing things with each other that help you all end the day with laughter, feeling lighter.