I went to a movie with my family the other day. All of us laughed hard during that movie. This doesn't happen often. In fact, the whole audience was laughing with us. Yes, sometimes I laugh at things during the movies that the rest of the audience doesn't think is as funny. I suppose, if you can imagine, this can be funny too.
I remember when I was a little girl my family would go to church each Sunday. I sat in those hard seats at church, we called them pews in my childhood church. I tried to sit up-right, stiff as a board, in those old wooden seats. I can still smell the stench of old wood, the musty air and hear the echoing coughs. I would hear a squeak from another person who moved in a seat nearby, as I waited for the service to start. Half way through the hour, my sister and I would hear some word the person up front would speak; our eyes would connect and we both would start snickering. The snickering would turn into quiet laughter, that laughter turned into tears that streamed down our cheeks. It felt like I couldn't stop. My shoulders would jiggle as I laughed in whispers. Not planned or orchestrated; only circumstantial laughter. The laughter felt good. I like to have a good laugh.
My daughter tells hilarious quirks and stories; in fact, she is known to be a jokester by many of her friends. She tries to poke fun with me; however, I don't always get the punch-line. She asks me, "Mom, why don't you think I'm funny? Dad does." I answer, "I don't know." I am glad that we can have moments like we had at the movie theater; she peaked over and smiled at the antics we both could relate to from our experiences together. It is a freeing experience.
Life has so many pressures or maybe I put a lot of pressures on life.
As I walked out of the movie theater with my family; we talked about how much we laughed. I have to admit, I felt cleansed in an odd sort of way. I'm glad that I went to the movie with my family that day. It was a wonderful time to connect on a lighter level and just have fun!
Yes, laughter is good for the soul.