Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Laughing 'Til I Cried

On my birthday, Clay made me cry...from laughter.
6:00 a.m. and it was still dark.
He snuggled up to me and wished me 'Happy Birthday'.
We lay there quietly until he broke the silence and said, "I spit on myself in my sleep last night."
I lost it...and choked out through chortles and chuckles, "How do you know?"
"It woke me up. I was aware I was dreaming, I felt my my mouth fill up with spit; and I thought, 'I'm in bed - I can't spit.' and then I woke up when it hit my face."

That laugh was one of the best birthday gifts I had all day. It came from my toes and right out my eyes.
My handsome man could have kept that bit of information to himself, but he KNEW it would produce laughter. And in this house, it is practically a SIN to keep joy down...so out the anecdote came.
Boy, am I glad I married him.

The very next day, we were sitting at the breakfast table when I heard:
"Mom, I forget how to wrinkle my chin."
A perplexed look had to have crept across my face because I thought, "Hmm, how DO you wrinkle your chin?"
I tried it myself.
When I looked up and around, I discover all four members of our family with the most hilarious expressions on our faces...wrinkling our chins.

*Go ahead, look in the mirror and wrinkle your chin. Better yet, ask someone else if THEY can wrinkle their chin. Clay thinks you should also ask them to say, "Dur" when they make the face. Either way, just TRY not to laugh.*

This whole exchange was innocent enough, but it made me laugh until I cried...and then I just started crying. Right there at the breakfast table.
My husband's eyes got big - eyebrows raised. I had to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all and responded, "Guess I just needed a good cry. I don't know WHAT is going on with me."
I really didn't.

I still don't know what that was all about.
How does one emotion switch to another so quickly?
I could complain, but instead I praise God for the emotions He gave me. Because of them, I can easily cry WITH loved ones and FOR them. I can embrace their excitement and easily share my own.
And then, then there is the laughter. It comes easily - even in the middle of arguments, fear, or sadness.
All it takes is a clever comment and my emotions get distracted from the intensity of the moment. (As you could already guess, Clay REALLY appreciates - and takes full advantage of - that quality.)

Thank you Lord for those ever-changing emotions, a husband who handles them well...and thank you for laughter that leads to tears.

8 comments:

  1. Love those emotions! :) And that spit story had me cracking up multiple times!!!

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  2. Thanks for the smiles today. I just love the image of you and your family dissolving into laughter! Such a sweet picture.

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    1. Thank you for always interacting with me (and appreciating my humor)! LOVE IT!

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  3. My pig has a nice butt & your hubby spits on himself when he sleeps. Now THAT is funny!

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  4. Oh, I love to laugh! Thank you for spreading that wonderful gift. And happy birthday!, even though I missed it.

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    1. Oh, how I appreciate that love in you.
      It's a good friendship we have...both chortling and snickering at (or with) one another.

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  5. Thank you for the laugh! I don't think there is anything better than laughing with/at your family. The other day my daughter told me she had two "Chloes" in her church class. "But that's okay, I can tell which is which," she said. "One wears shiny pink shoes." I calmly and curiously asked her what happened when that Chloe didn't wear those shiny pink shoes. In all seriousness she said, "That's okay. The other one wears a purple dress." Of course I had to laugh later because she truly thought she'd stumbled on a brilliant and fool-proof system. But holy cow did I laugh like crazy later! You just can't make this stuff up. And what a gift it is! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on laughing. I just love it! Smiles -

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