A road without laughter


Laughter is something I don’t do well. Never have. And never will.

It’s not that I don’t like a hilarious episode of “Saturday Night Live.” I’m guaranteed to break into a smile when the skit’s about a politician. Smiles are something I definitely can do (just please don’t take my picture).

I have tried to make an effort to laugh more, even once taking a ‘Laughter Yoga’ class. But I found I was wasting my energy faking guffaws in a pen of hysterical hyenas.

Thank you, but I’ll take my yoga class with wind chimes instead of windbags please.

Taking a walk tonight, I wondered if it’s family health issues that still prevent me from laughing much these days.

Probably not as I don’t cry either, in spite of sadness for the homeless in the neighborhood near my job in the city.

Maybe I just choose to focus on gratitude instead of laughter.

And this day it’s about being thankful for the fall season, the colorful road ahead, and my ability to share a harvest time bounty with city neighbors who need it most.

They’ll be grateful as well.

6 thoughts on “A road without laughter

  1. You bring up an interesting point. I have run the opposite. I don’t think I would have survived all the caregiver years without laughter of some kind. Sometimes it was gentle silliness that comes from exhaustion and giddiness.

    • John-I was talking to someone at work about this the other day. She told me I was reserved, as opposed to gregarious so maybe that has something to do with it?

      But I like the idea of “gentle seriousness.” Maybe I can mix that with the gratitude!

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Jackie, Maybe you don’t laugh much, but you sure can be funny with your “pen”. The 2 paragraphs with the Hysterical Hyenas and the Windbags is very witty and funny. I imagine you smiling a lot.

    • Ooh that’s a good thought Maria!

      I probably am rusty. Maybe I can try and find some old Mr. Bean, Monty Python, and original season Saturday Night Live, along with a Christmas Carol!

      Sent from my iPad

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