[Note: We are learning how to really live together. This isn't an instruction guide. The posts in this series are my open journal. Please include your thoughts in the comments. Let's find out together how to really live!]
So. The other night one of my kids referred to The Passing of Gas. Only they didn’t quite say it like that. I was offended by the slang word they used and tried to think of a more appropriate word.
Because, y’all, it happens.
But we can still refer to it with class, ya know? Stick with me, there’s a point.
I was at a loss for just the right word and so I asked my hunk-o-man what his family said when such an occurrence happened.
And he looked a bit sheepish, running his thick hand thru his hair.
(He’s a stud, did I mention that?)
“We grew up saying “I let a windy.”
Yes, you read that right,
“I. LET. A. WINDY.”
Alone, those four simple words aren’t funny, but formed together and so unexpected, well, I ROLLED ON THE FLOOR.
We laughed and laughed and hiccuped from all the laughing. It was so inappropriate –this appropriate wording– coming from my handsome MAN. Oh and also, the conversation had to be CHANGEd. Because kids like to talk about this sort of thing.
But that’s how I want to really laugh.
Except in church. Because that is bad, y’all. [sidenote: why do I usually feel this kind of laughter bubbling up IN CHURCH?]
I’m pretty sure I added a year to my life that night because I felt younger and vibrant and happy from all that laughing.
Did you know that there are 42 verses on laughter in the Bible?
Plus, it’s proven to make your health better.
And, let’s be honest, it’s better than the alternative: crying, controlling, complaining…
So, how do we really laugh-not the mechanics of physical laughter, but the letting go:
Live in the Moment
Let Yourself Have Fun
Live-we only have today-this moment. We spend so much our present worrying about the past or planning for the future that often forget to just stop and live. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.
Lighten Up-If you like to control things (like me) then it’s time to lighten up. I have missed so many opportunities to laugh because I was sticking to the rules or propriety. I’m learning that letting go of control is about being more carefree.
Let- yourself have fun! If you ask my kids to define their parenting roles, they would say their dad is the fun parent. Mom takes care of everything. I want to change this. I want to give myself permission to leave it all-right there on the table or stuffed under their beds.
How do you (get to the place where you can) really
laugh let a windy?
See? That’s funny. You should laugh.