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SOLSC 2014: Laughter

I have this friend. He's a pen pal (those still exist), plus more. We talk on the phone and send snail mail letters occasionally and write emails on average once a week. I mention him because I received an email letter today that was absolutely chock-full of silly humor. He's a very funny guy, but it seemed like he lathered on a double layer of silliness intuitively.

Today was a negative day and so was yesterday. I went to church and didn't even get out of my funk then. By the end of church, I was so negative that I even said some swear words in the hall when relating how I was feeling to a friend! Seriously, what the heck is wrong with me?!

So anyway. When I slowed down, put on pajamas, and shut out the world, I read his letter and couldn't help but laugh from the very start. Normally, I'd never laugh about anything to do with house fires, but he was poking fun at himself so hard that all I could think about is how his microwave usage tale would be a great writing sample for hyperbole. Then I had to laugh some more at my nerdy teacher self.

And now I am reveling in the beauty of clean humor and how laughter can chase away tears and negativity. Quite miraculous.


  1. Laughter is definitely at the top of my list of favorite things. It is so good for the soul, isn't it? I am so intrigued by your pen pal! I love that they still exist. I wonder if I could find myself one somewhere. I love snail mail about as much as laughter, and I send a lot of it. However, the amount I take in is a testament to my existence in the current age of technology. I get lots of emails and texts, but my mailbox is usually full of nothin' but garbage. :)

  2. Laughter is good medicine, that's for sure. You're lucky to have a friend who can call it up in you even on your negative days! I hope today is a more positive day.

  3. Laughter is always the best medicine =)


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