Laughter: Great Medicine

Proverbs says that laughter is good medicine. I needed a good dose of medicine for my heart-ache this week. Cue the reinforcements! What could improve the situation like three gorgeous ladies bearing cheesecake?!

Nothing boosts my spirits like visits and laughter.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

I went to meet them outside and realized I hadn’t smelled fresh air or felt the sun in days. Soon after the sound of laughter announced their arrival; apparently the girl at the store was unsuccessful at tying a string on the smiley-face balloon. Somewhere in the atmosphere over UNC, someone has a face smiling down on them.
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William finished a much-needed nap by then and was ready for some ladies! You can’t just visit us wearing any old thing…it’s a masquerade ball in here! With yellow gowns, blue masks, blue gloves and a cute little prince, all we need are glass slippers. We danced with Will, told stories and howled.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. Proverbs 15:13
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After a group photo, William’s loose central line wiggled out and fell from his chest dressing. In a strange mommy moment, I was able to catch the darn thing so there was NO blood!
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To relieve the stress of a sudden rush of nurses and a dressing change, the girls took me for non-hospital food!
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” Luke 6:22

Unfortunately, it was Saturday night a few miles from a college, so turned into a scavenger hunt! We thought it might be a good idea to wear our masks out…during this flu season you can’t be to careful. If it freaks people out and we get to move ahead in line when everyone backs away, all the better!

Between all of us, we four ladies have close to a dozen kids. Our husbands are all gone frequently and with farms, pregnancies, homeschooling, cancer, busy schedules and other responsibilities on us, when it is just us girls and we are relatively free for an hour, we get a bit silly. We giggled and guffawed. I spilled my Diet Coke so I rocked that “I just peed” look on the way in. Overall it was a hoot. I felt 10 pounds lighter after a few short hours. Laughter is essential to a life that is more abundant.

Do you have great friends Do you laugh until your sides hurt and someone snorts? Take some time to laugh. It’s great fun and feels better.

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