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Lost: please help… September 6, 2011

Filed under: Better life — dayna @ 11:55 pm

Lately, I seem to be losing my sense of humor. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but my full-on belly laugh has certainly been endangered at best.

There have been warning signs. The clenched jaw, the grinding teeth. The glimpses of myself in photos with an, uh, shall we say “less-than thrilled” expression. Now that’s attractive…

My default face form seems to include a furrowed brow and pursed lips. Nice.

I’m not terrified by wrinkles or anything, but really, wouldn’t we all much rather work on our laugh lines than those cranky-pants creases?

I think I had a bit of a revelation a few weeks ago while I interacted with a patient’s mom. There she was, very pregnant with surprise Baby #5,  helping her seven year old middle daughter recover from open heart surgery. She and her husband (who was recently home from deployment), smiled and laughed at the antics of their three other very active children. They were all gathered at their child’s ICU bedside. And they were purely delightful.

Seriously, if they can giggle like school children in the midst of all those circumstances, what is my problem?

Not that there is any shortage of ridiculousness in my life… There are plenty of occasions to laugh. And hard.

Just ask the motley peanut gallery discovered in a random cupboard…

Crazy, the stuff you find.

The big sis even recently started telling jokes. One of her favorites:

“What did one pancake say to the other?


What’s the batter with you?!”

She also loves her own abstract version of knock-knock jokes. She looks around the room for object nouns to insert into the appropriate scripted slots. On cue, the baby sister obligingly throws her head back and laughs a weirdly grown- up fake laugh.

Totally ridiculous, I tell you! And still there I am with all the clenching and the cranky.

Well, it is high time I do some lightening up, right? So, if you need me I will be over here working hard to not take myself quite so seriously.

Here… I’ll even start with my current favorite knock knock joke.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

A little old lady.

A little old lady who?

I didn’t know you could yodel!

Okay. Now it’s your turn.When was the last time you laughed until you cried? What’s the funniest thing you have seen, heard, or read lately? Links and jokes are highly welcome. You never know- there may be a reward involved for finding my long lost funny bone! 😉

*A merry heart doth good medicine…


7 Responses to “Lost: please help…”

  1. […] yourself warned: If you insist on toddling around the house in fuzzy bunny ears, your “striving-to-maintain-a-sense-of-humor” mother may not be able to resist stealthily scotch- taping a cotton ball to your adorable […]

  2. Angela Says:

    Dayna you hit the nail on the head with me. My husband and I were just talking about that other day on how we get to serious and don’t laugh at the funny things in life and just enjoy the ooops that happen. Today I would say Emma said something that was really funny. When I got her up from bed she I am going to be a princes, then a pirate, pluto, pooh, tigger, piglet, eeyore, and rabbit and all in that order. What a funny kid. 🙂

    • dayna Says:

      Thanks for stopping by Angela:)
      It is crazy that it is so hard to keep a sense of humor with all the silly stuff they do!
      Our big girls are two peas in a pod with the pretending, aren’t they? Love it!

  3. Donita Says:

    I have recently been dealing with the same issues. I could summarize mine as a lack of joy and an overabundance of anger. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been wondering if I should blog about it and your post seems to confirm Yes.
    I’m glad you contacted me about a Bible study. We are coming close to the end of Life Interrupted, but our group of girls is amazing! I’m sure you would fit in wonderfully. For four weeks in November and December we are planning to read/discuss One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I know it’s a fabulous book and I suspect that our discussions have the potential to be life changing! I would love for you to join us. We meet on Thursdays in the AM out in the Corona de Tucson area. I’ll send you more info or we can talk about it Sunday.

    • dayna Says:

      Wow Donita!
      Sadly, you described exactly what I have been struggling with too: lack of joy and overabundance of anger. And I really have no excuse for feeling this way…
      Thanks for your words of wisdom. I would love to read a post of yours about it.
      I will contact you via e-mail about the future study.

  4. dayna Says:

    Oh! She got me rolling! Trust it to that Sarah. A bit of caution but lots of hilarity ahead:

  5. […] or choose to relay, it looks vastly different. This perspective helps remind me what I have to laugh at, pray about, rejoice in, and give thanks […]

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