Does Anybody Remember Laughter?

Yes, the title refers to that “Stairway To Heaven” Live lyric, but no…this is not about Led Zep.

I sent out some Hallmark online Easter cards to some friends. Some serious, a few were on the funny side.  I got a response from an old  friend, Randy, who appreciated my thinking of him, and always enjoys a good chuckle (and needs them). In his email back to me, he said:

“You know, to be honest with you dear friend, the one sound that i would like to hear the most is that of your robust laughter, of which there has been an understandable paucity of late. Chirping birds and leaf blowers are wonderful, but so is that.”

He’s right. Robust, deep seated, full belly, tear inducing laughter…that has been missing from me for awhile. Sure, I’ll laugh now at things, I’m quicker at finding a smile, or finding that chuckle. But, a laugh like Randy describes? I know it’s been awhile. Quite awhile.

munchkinI know I’m not fighting it. I do find things that make me laugh, and I seek them out when possible. One thing that I search out is the show “Too Cute” on Animal Planet: a show devoted to documenting the first three months (or so) of  (mainly) kittens and puppies lives. It gives me moments of laughter, and almost always brings a smile to my face. It’s not what Randy hopes to hear, but it’s one thing I give myself and in that process, I have found a breed of cat that I really love: Munchkins!  IF I ever get a pet again, I’ll look for them (my daughter, Jessica, called them the Dachshunds of the cat world).

While that is only one thing, I know there is a lot more to do for myself. I want to feel like I used to, to be able to laugh like Randy describes again more freely. Laughter is a very healing tool we have inside of us. Good, healthy laughter is something I look forward to embracing again.

Just can’t force certain things. It is good to be aware of it, but not to beat yourself up about it that it is missing.

It’s only missing, not gone.


About StuHN

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

Posted on April 1, 2013, in Caring, counseling, Family, Friends, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Mindfulness, Therapy, Transformation and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Thank you. Laughter is such a powerful thing. I do miss it when it is gone from time to time.

  2. Now that you mention it… I can’t even say for sure how long it has been since I heard anyone (myself included) engage in hearty laughter. I frequently encounter chortles, chuckles, a giggle now and then and maybe a titter or stifled snort or two, but rarely any real laughter. I often see ROFL in messages, but doubt they actually are – how could they reach the keyboard? I definitely remember brings-tears-to-my-eyes laughter, but it has been a long while. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, perhaps it a new decorum… You have inspired me to go out in search of laughter. Thanks.

    • Doug, I know you’ll find it. I miss our days on Triberr, brownies and all (yes, that will make little sense to most people). Just being silly/feeling silly for the silliness of it all. go out and find that laughter, young Uber.

  3. No doubt about it – laughter is the best medicine. Find yours soon, my friend!

  4. The Tundra Two-Stepper

    Pets are great for bringing laughter to our lives! Just the other day, our dog Borealis did something so hilarious, I actually dropped to the ground and had to cradle myself I was laughing so hard, and crying. And later I thought: wow….it’s been a while since I’ve laughed like that! Borealis definitely brings sunshine into my life.

  5. Good summing up; “missing, but not gone”. It would be nice if someone would produce a really funny movie for a change instead of the crappy comedies of late…

    • You know I’m doing what I can to let things resurface. As to funny movies…what you and I have seen has been pretty dreadful, overall.

  6. We all need a good laugh. Easier said than done!

  7. What a great post! Indeed, where has the laughter gone? That real laughter, which you describe so well. It’s years since I’ve laughed – really laughed the way you describe it – and I used to laugh like that all the time. Is it a result of life getting grimmer, or slowing down, or aging, or a change in circumstances? Your laughter sounds like something you and your friends would miss. It will come back someday, I’m sure, but it may never be the same.

  8. This is a wonderful insight Stuart…for many of us. I think as we get to be adults we try to ‘be cool’ about stuff like laughing til your in tears and can’t breathe. It sounds like you are pretty good at letting go of that and giving into your laughter. Pets and little kids…when I spend time with them and let the joy rise it’s amazing how much laughing happens.
    Blessings Stuart…I hope you find yourself in the midst of hilarity very soon. 🙂

  9. I echo your sentiments and feelings here. I need to feel the tears of laughter. I hope you get a deep belly laugh soon.

  10. Laughter is awesome. I am looking forward to going to a Laughter Yoga session this weekend. Nature’s best endorphins 🙂

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