Last night, one of the last things I remember before falling to sleep was laughing at something funny my husband said to me. It was a great last moment before my eyes closed for the night.
When the alarm went off this morning, it interrupted an amusing dream I was having. In this particular dream, my son was looking for clothes dryer sheets. When I broke the bad news that we didn’t have any, he started crying. My alarm sounded just as I started comforting my son, reassuring him that I would buy more the next time I went to the store.
I woke up laughing this morning because, in real life, I rarely buy dryer sheets and I’m pretty sure my 10-year-old son wouldn’t even know what one was. And, let’s just say, after the reaction my son had in my dream, I think I might need to keep him in the dark a little longer about the beauty of dryer sheets. I wouldn’t want any meltdowns like the one we had last night in my dream when he discovered we ran out!
My sleep last night began and ended with laughter. I tried to think back this morning to the last time a night’s rest contained laughter as bookends and I couldn’t remember. I’m not sure it’s ever happened to me before. I’ve gone to bed laughing before and I’ve woke up laughing before…but laughter before and after? That was fun. Let’s do it again!
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo
I woke up this morning with the biggest smile on my face. My husband can attest that I’m usually a happy person in the morning but it typically takes the first sip of coffee to produce the first big grin. But this morning was different, today I was grinning and giggling before my feet even hit the floor. This morning was an extreme example of “waking up on the right side of the bed.”
As I sat here this morning (smiling and sipping my coffee) I quietly shared my gratitude with the Lord. The ability to laugh and find humor is a beautiful creation…not only in the good times, but in the bad times too. I can’t imagine how much harder some of the painful times in my life would have been if laughter hadn’t been there to help sooth my soul.
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again. I hope heaven is filled with lots of laughter. And not the polite laughter but the out of control laughter, the “soda coming out of your nose and stomach hurts” kind of laughter.
Today…find time to laugh.