Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Today would have been my Daddy's 82nd birthday. Rather than be sad, I am choosing to be happy today by remembering my Daddy's sense of humor. He loved to laugh and to make others laugh!

When a group of couples friends were deciding where to go to dinner, one said, "let's go somewhere we haven't been in a while". My Daddy walked into the kitchen.

When someone commented on his beautiful daughter :) he always said "she got her looks from her Mother because I still have mine!"

He loved to tell a good joke or play a fun prank. On one of their many group trips, he stuck his head in the door of the men's bathroom (full of his friends) and, in his best impersonation of a woman's voice, he said, "did anyone see my little girl come in here?". There was some scrambling going on in there and they all hurried to take care of their business and get out only to find out it was my Daddy. They told this story for years!
During the last hour before he went into surgery that ultimately took his life, he was laughing and joking with friends who were asking what they could do for him. He would start to get up and offer his place on the stretcher.
He was a "cut up" - anyone he knew could tell you that. My favorite sound in the world is hearing my girls laugh. He could always make them laugh and he would get tickled doing it. Just like the time he wore Elle's "Lucy" wig from her Halloween costume!
The ability to be able to laugh and to make others laugh is a gift! I am thankful that he shared this gift with his family and friends and that sweet memories of all his crazy jokes make me smile today!
Hope your day is filled with laughter!

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