Year 5- Day 204: Today, I am grateful children's laughter.
There is no sound other sound like a child's belly laugh. The kind of laugh that comes from a place deep in the soul and rises up to bubble out. It is effervescent, yet full and deep. It falls into the gratitude gallery of wonder and whimsy.
Laughter is healthy. Hearing children in full blown laughter eases our own worries and sorrows. Their carefree moments of taking in the things that seem silly and absurd when you are a child. It begins with peek-a-boo and grows for a beautiful season. Observing pets or grandparents snoring is a reason to laugh when it is new and unfamiliar. Boys and body functions... a sure cause of contagious hilarity. Little girls pretending to be mommy's or teachers can lead to the giggles that lead to full, uncontrolled laughter.
There is nothing so precious or sweet.
As adults, the sound draws us in for it's healing quality. This great quote reflects that truth.
"With the fearful strain that is one my night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die."- Abraham Lincoln
Abe read the Bible over and over. He knew the truth of this wisdom. Even in the darkest of days... the loss of his children and the the nation divided... moments of laughter would briefly ease the burden.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. -Proverbs 17:22
Laughter releases endorphins and lowers blood pressure.
It is important to teach our children to learn to laugh at themselves, but not each other. Kindness and mirth make the face merry and the heart happy.
Look for laughter today. Savor the sound. A child's belly laugh is as good as it gets.
Today, I am grateful children's laughter.