laughter – good medicine

Question: Why were the people looking up at the ceiling and cheering?


How can you keep people in suspense?

I’ll tell you later.


At our family reunion last month I laughed so much, my abs hurt. I don’t know what we found so funny. It must have been one of those things where you had to be there to get it. As a group, we wrote a pantoum about laughter. One of the verses was: “A merry heart does one good—like medicine. It’s like sunshine. How can you describe laughter? It cannot be held back.” There were more verses, but that was my favorite. It reminded me of being in church as a nine or ten year old kid. My sister and I usually sat in the back, apart from the adults. Something would amuse one of us—a funny looking hat, or a lady’s vibrato voice, or even just a look from the other. We would start laughing, silently, of course and the more we tried to be quiet, the more we would laugh, bouncing in our seats, snorting. Mother would turn around in her seat and glare at us and that would make us laugh even more. Eventually the laughter ran its course and we settled down to listen. But I think the real communion my sister and I experienced there in the back of the church was in the laughter. It is good for the heart.


Answer: They were ceiling fans.




About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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1 Response to laughter – good medicine

  1. Uncle Tom and I had a few laugh attacks over the years. The most epic attack came at cousin Mick’s wedding. We too received a few stern looks, which made it even worse! Thanks for stirring the memories!


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