Wednesday, April 2, 2008

We choose to laugh

After yesterday's post and spending an obscene amount of energy being sad all day, I reminded myself of all the things in our lives that are choices. Attitude and response to situations being two that affect our overall well-being and influence on others the most. Today, I choose to be happy. I choose to laugh. In fact, there are many situations in our lives at which we choose to laugh instead of pine.

The other day, Grant was showing me a new Power Ranger/Ben 10/Insert-Japanimation-of-choice-here kick-move asking me to “watch this, watch this”. Stifling my instinct to discourage the boisterous behavior, I chose to speak his love language and complimented how awesome his moves were. “Wow. You should really show Daddy because he will love that move.” I wasn’t trying to rid myself of him, I just knew how much he enjoyed the compliment. He went to show Brian how he can jump in the air, do a sweep kick and land on his knees.

Grant: Daddy, Daddy, Watch this.
Brian: Show me, Buddy.
Grant: (does his move)
Brian: Wow. Awesome.
Grant: Umm Daddy? Uhhhh Dad? Maybe when you’re bett.. umm... just don’t have ummm your head cut open anymore, and aren’t sick and your, ummmm, this leg here (pointing to his own right leg) isn’t so slow and works again, ummm.. I can teach you that one.
Brian: (suppressing his laughter at Grant’s eloquent choice of words) Oh, I don’t think I could ever do that as good as you. That move was hard even if my leg worked as good as yours.

Comments like that make me want to cry, but we choose to laugh. Laughter makes the days more tolerable, and actually enjoyable.

Proverbs 15:30A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.



  1. I love that proverb. :)

    Can you imagine not being able to laugh, or smile, or enjoy? Some people can't or refuse to.

    Nice post.

  2. I love that proverb and that attitude. :)

  3. We are laughing with you.

  4. Big :-) Kids bring so much laughter and happiness to our lives.

  5. You both personify grace in the face of adversity.

    You've gotta love boys and their moves. Where did I just read that in her house "Ninja" is a verb?

  6. Laugh on, sister. Laugh on.
    Remember in Steel Magnolias when Olympia Dukakis (sp?) said, "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!"
    I agree.

    Sometimes it's a choice and it's work. Love you.

  7. What a wonderful attitude. Thanks for the great post and for bringing a big smile to my face. My five year old is a HUGE Ben 10 fan and is constantly practicing his moves!

  8. your resilient attitude is of great encouragement to me! i've been sharing your story w/ friends. we are praying for you and yours!

    'i need to know', we tell ourselves.
    'no,' God answers softly, 'you need to trust.'

  9. You have such a great attitude. I keep you and your family in my thoughts...and your blog in my favorites!

  10. You are truly remarkable, serioulsy!

    Crying is good sometimes, but to follow it up with some incessant laughter is just wonderful!

    I hope can continue to laugh!

  11. Your little ones are so precious and funny. Hugs to all...