For the past half hour, our three children have been sharing teenage sayings, tagging on to stories, and laughing. LAUGHING! I thought, I wish I could record the three-some laughter and post it. The noise, somewhat annoying yet definitely inviting, snagged my attention and kept me from being productive in my reading. My husband walked through their hysterics, shaking his head. His eyes said, “Can you believe this?”
It’s not that our kids don’t laugh; many times they are making cynical remarks or listening to their music or doing homework. Sharing stories and laughing for over a half an hour – it’s just a rarity. I wanted to stop time … and video it all. We’d probably win $10,000 on America’s Funniest Videos. The viewers would begin to laugh even if they couldn’t understand the words. The cheerful pitches spurred a million endorphins through our three teenagers’ brains.
I’ve noticed this positive change the past few weeks, ever since our trip to Florida. The sunshine did cheer our spirits, but our two youngest got a taste of not having their senior brother around for four days. They had been remarking, almost reveling in the fact that Wes will be out of the house in the fall. “My own room,” our youngest declares. “No more bossing,” our daughter states. Yet deep down, past the annoying remarks and sibling nuisance, our three teens like each other.
So I grab this slice, this moment in time, and … smile.
I laugh and hold and savor the moment.
Laughter… vibrate through our beings, warm our hearts, and connect our spirits. We…are…family! ❤