Never Stop Laughing

 

As parents we spend a lot of time thinking about the things that we used to take for granted. Spare time, sleep, money. The unconditional love we receive in return is a trade that we never (rarely) regret, but I think that there may be something else that they give that maybe we don’t appreciate enough. Their laughter.

Last weekend we attended a picnic where the median age was just north of fifty. My daughter was the only child but had no problem finding ways to amuse herself. She ate a few pounds of chicken wings, swam in their pool, ( after waiting twenty minutes of course ) and had her first ride in a golf cart. She talked to anybody that would listen and coerced several adults into playing catch with her. She sang and she danced and she laughed, enjoying herself with the lack of inhibition only seen in small children and drunkards.

To me it was just another day, life with a carefree extroverted little girl living a life I’m occasionally jealous of.

To others though, she was a revelation, a reminder of innocence long forgotten. Several different people were overheard commenting about how fantastic, how life affirming, listening to the laughter of a child can be.

It’s something that I’ll confess to not really having given a lot of thought to before. We all want our children to be happy, laughter being a pretty strong indicator that they are at that given moment, and a pretty fair definition of the word “love” is finding joy in the happiness of another, but I’m not sure I really appreciate just how beneficial to my overall mood and temperament being around this little goofball really is.

 

Keep Laughing
no better sound

 

When my wife and I first started dating not many people, ourselves included, expected it to last very long. Ten years later we are still going strong and I think an important aspect of our success is that we laugh. We laugh at ourselves, we laugh at each other and we laugh at the kids. We laugh at a lot of things that most people probably wouldn’t find all that funny and a lot of things that probably really aren’t.

I don’t do life advice here, and I certainly don’t do relationship advice. I know that not everyone has the benefit of living in a household that some days resembles some sort of weird Three Stooges remake, but surround yourself with people that laugh, that make you laugh.

My daughter is at an age where the whole world seems put here purely for her amusement and I love it. I don’t want her to ever lose that, to never stop laughing.

 

 

 

48 thoughts on “Never Stop Laughing”

  1. Laughter is so important and I find a sense of humor the most important quality of a person. My mother is 98 years old and she swears that getting together with her girlfriends each week to play cards and laugh is what kept them young.

  2. I love hearing my children laugh – there is so much they see in the world to laugh at and that uninhibited joy is beautiful to watch. It’s something we lose as we get older but it’s wonderful to relive it from a second-hand perspective #familyfunlinky

  3. This is fab and about as spot on as you can get. People said the same about my partner and I and 6 years and 2 babies later we’re still going strong, I really do believe it is in part to our ability to laugh together, with or at each other. I too love it when the children laugh, particularly that hard belly laugh they do. You’re daughter sounds amazing and as though she has a real zest for life. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  4. Laughter is the key to everything we laugh with and each other and usually over the silly things in life loved this post mate totally spot on Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week for

  5. Love this. Sometimes you get so caught up in the day to day of life you forget to just take a few minutes to enjoy the little things around you. Kids have a way of helping us grown ups remember that! Live Love Laugh 🙂

  6. Great Post. Getting home from a tough day at work – there is nothing more rewarding and enjoyable than the smiles and giggles from my boys.

    Watching them play with their grandparents and the pleasure they get from it is a great reminder that we shouldn’t take it for granted. It doesn’t last forever!

    #ThatFridayLinky

  7. My daughter has just started to imitate people laughing – she’s 1 – if she hears someone laugh she will join in and that in itself is funny. Team that up with my son making her laugh – he’s 3 – and it’s loud and contagious. I was shopping one afternoon and they were being loud and I asked them to quieten down a little to then hear someone else laughing – when I turned round it was an older couple laughing at the children, they apologised for laughing but I’m glad they did laugh. When you hear it all the time I think you sometimes take it for granted and we shouldn’t….. #ThatFridayLinky

  8. I love this. Laughter really is the medicine. To see the world through a childs eyes is a wonderful thing to do also. Thanks for joining in with #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again Tuesday.

  9. So true! The laughter of children is very infectious. We have 5 children, and they often sit around the table after dinner telling jokes that make absolutely no sense…and laughing their heads off about them. As my husband and I sit with them, at first we shake our heads because, well, it makes no sense. But, as they keep laughing harder and harder, we find ourselves laughing along, no matter how ridiculous the conversation. Keep laughing 😀

    Dropping by from the Happy Now Link Up

    1. I’ve found myself laughing at the most ridiculous knock knock jokes ever. I’m still not sure she fully understands the concept

  10. Don’t stop…. lauughing
    hold on the that feeellingg. ( Journey-Don’t Stop Believing)

    or… (Singing in the Rain)
    Make’m laugh, Make’m laugh.. don’t you know everyone wants to laugh….
    #HappyNow

    1. I have a new post that I almost called Don’t Stop Believing, but I was afraid I’m never get that song out of my head

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