Not Being Able To Stop

Baby’s first laugh.

90 year olds,  married 70 years,  who still make each other laugh.

Someone reading, quietly and alone, who startles everyone with a burst of laughter.

A date.  Two people.  Comfortable and laughing easily with one another.  No pretense.  Just full belly laughing.

A surprise snort in the middle of a friend’s laugh.

Laughing in church.  And not being able to stop.

Laughing at something that happens.  And laughing about it twenty years later.

Not laughing at something.  And laughing at it the next day.  And every time you think of it,  for the rest of your life.

Laughing at five year olds telling their first ‘knock knock’ joke.

Hearing someone else laugh and not being able to help yourself.  You start laughing.  Not knowing why.

Being terribly sad.  And having someone who knows you well enough to know which word to say to you to make you laugh.  And you do.

Laughing until the tears run.

The first time you laugh at a memory of someone you just lost.  And it giving you comfort.

Giving someone else a reason to laugh.

And laughing with them.

33 thoughts on “Not Being Able To Stop

  1. My grandpa passed away a few days ago, and I randomly remembered one time when my family was sitting around the table playing Cards Against Humanity, and out of nowhere, he starts laughing. Like, laughing until no sound was coming out of his mouth. We ask him why he’s laughing so hysterically, and with tears in his eyes, he says, “None of you would be here if I didn’t have sex with your grandma”. Thinking about that memory made me laugh almost as hard as him laughing at that realization. Laughter is one of those things that brings people together, and my friend, I felt close to you while I read this. Much love.



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