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.
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