“If you can’t laugh at yourself, then how can you laugh at anybody else?” Payne Stewart
A few days ago, as I was leaving a store parking lot, a rather funny thing happened. While waiting to make a right turn out of the parking lot, my children and I were singing a song called “Dooley” (it was on the Andy Griffith show years ago and is now on YouTube if you want to see/hear it). Well, I messed up the lyrics and made a rather hilarious face (think tongue sticking out, one eyebrow up, scrunched face, etc.). Here’s were it really became interesting. I happened to be looking out my driver’s side window at the time ~ and right at a guy who was a passenger in a car to my left. I started laughing when I realized what I had just done and told my children who began laughing hysterically. Before you know it we are all in tears and I am still driving the car. Then I realize the car that had been to my left decided to turn RIGHT and is now directly behind me (ohmygosh!!). We make our way to the highway where I enter the northbound side with this car still behind me! All I could think was, “are these people following me because they are mad or did they just realize where the highway on-ramp was?”. ANYWAY, I get up to speed and hit cruise control, hoping this car will do the same, but no….. They decide they need to pass us. By this time my children are laughing so hard ~ they figure the guy thinks I am nuts and wants to get a better look at “the crazy lady”. All the time I am trying to keep control of my car while also laughing hysterically. As they pass us I shade my eyes (hey, the sun was to my left and in my eyes!) and hope they are not looking. My son (who was wearing sunglasses) was able to get a sly look at them and states that the guy was looking right at me and looked none too happy. Great! So we drive the 6 miles to the next exit in hysterics!!!
Fast forward about 4 miles ~ now my 11-year-old daughter is making some weird noise in the back seat and it is getting rather annoying. In my attempt to show her how annoying this sound is, I make the same sound (in the most serious way I could muster, given the current situation). My son, thinking this is even MORE hilarious, turns his head away and covers his mouth (as he knows I am trying to be serious), which made me laugh even harder than I had been before! By the time we exit the highway (the other car kept going north ~ whew!), I am in tears from laughing to hard. Distracted driving you say? Probably. But, can you see me explaining to a police officer why I am in pulled over in the emergency lane of the highway? “Sorry Officer Smith, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t see the road…. Yes, I know the lane is for emergencies….. No, I am not under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol, just under the influence of children…. No sir, that was not meant to be a joke…. Yes, I understand laughing is not an emergency, but is lunacy??” Yep, that would go over really well, don’t you think so??
“A merry heart does good, like medicine…” Proverbs 17:22a ~ I am thinking my heart must be doing just fine, if measured by the scene above!
Just a short, albeit funny, story to start your week! Hopefully, you will be able to find something in yourself to laugh about today. Life is too short to be serious all the time!
Have a blessed day! 😀