"What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh." Elizabeth Bennett Pride and Prejudice
My favorite fictional character of all time, btw. Sass, wit, and class personified. Love you, Lizzy B.
Like Lizzy, I find humor necessary to a life well-lived. Laughter fuels the soul for the journey, puts a pep in your step, and propels you to just keep going. I tend to gravitate toward those who like to laugh, and I've said this before, but I firmly believe my husband's ability to draw joy from the depths of my sorrow during the lowest time in my life is what led me down the aisle straight into his forever arms.
So, here's to my friends and family who make me giggle, throw my head back, and at times, spit various forms of liquid right out of my nose.
To the friends who:
Induce laughter just because I hear theirs.
Manage to crack me up with one or two words phrased just the right way.
Have natural reactions laced with southern accents and exclamations that deserve a whole other category of dialogue.
Can mix the sacred and the silly.
Share a like-mindedness and have the ability to sum our thoughts up with the perfect mix of empathy and sarcasm.
Overflow with energy and excitement, therefore causing a joy bomb to explode, bathing me in precious sing-song shrapnel.
Send me videos and gifs and memes that have the power to pull my car over on the side of the road so I don't take someone out while in the throws of hilarity.
To my brother who is a phone call away:
You just genetically sync with me and force laughter from my person with a simple facial reaction or eye roll. Why do you think I video call you every other night? No, it's not just to see my adorable niece and your charming wife, although I love them both. We get each other, and I'm grateful.
To my brother who now resides in heaven:
I'm happy for you, bro. You have graduated and are now with Jesus and a host of family and friends. However, can I just tell you your sense of satire and wit is sorely missed? It's simply unfair that I can't call you after watching the train wreck of our present national circumstances and get your reflections and thoughts. I miss your laugh, man. Love you. Until later.
To my children:
Gosh, your dad and I have done a good job because y'all are turning into two of our favorite people. (Wink.Wink.) Zachary, your timing is impeccable and your word bombs send your father and I into hysterics. Mackenzie, you inherited sarcasm and wit. Once you have graduated from thirteen, you will be well on your way to mastering both. Together, your one-two punch is without comparison. Seriously, y'all make us laugh and keep us young.
To my husband:
No words. Except. My prayer is we will be blessed with many, many more days to lay in bed, watch the news, roll our eyes at the ridiculous, simultaneously break out into laughter at whatever, exchange snarky comments meant in the most loving of ways, and play off one another much to the amusement of our friends and family. I really, really like you.
To the world:
Oh, we are funny creatures. People watching is a nice way of saying the world is our zoo so let's just cop a squat and wait for it.
I'll end this here:
I'm not a fan of making fun, but I am a fan of having fun. Let's not miss out on the laughter in the process of taking every, single thing so darn seriously.
And, to drop the mic and make my little space a bit spiritual:
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.