Thursday, August 18, 2011

Simply Silly

I didn’t take a picture of my simple pleasure this week. I couldn’t. I was sitting right smack dab in the thick of it. Besides, it’s kind of hard to hold your sides and a shiny red Kodak at the same time.

This week’s simple pleasure is table full of laughter.

I’m not talking about any old laughter, either. I’m talking table pounding, side splitting, belly laughter, the kind that lifts you right off the ground…

Table, chairs, and all…



OK, maybe that’s a bit of a decoration. Our chairs didn’t literally lift off the floor, but our spirits did.

It was the Sister’s fault.

She’s on a survival kick, you see. Generally speaking, she is always on a bit of a survival kick. The beginning of Hurricane Season just slams it into high gear.  The woman has an emergency pantry stocked well enough to feed an army.  I’ve tried to stock my pantry, too, but I keep eating the inventory. My emergency plan is to move in with the Sister. When I told her so, her nose started to wiggle.

And that’s how the whole thing started.

In our family, the giggle wiggle is the official start of laughing season.  The sister is the straight man in the family, you see. She’s poised and confident and ladylike. When something tickles her funny bone, she tries to maintain that composure behind a warm grin and twinkly eyes.  

But when her nose begins to wiggle, it all goes south.  

It went south pretty quickly, too. What had started as a serious discussion about hurricane preparation turned into plans for our post invasion bunker.  Yes, I realize that’s not really a funny subject, but it is when you consider the group of women planning it has the collective survival skills of Paris Hilton.

The more we planned, the more we laughed
The more we laughed, the sillier we got.  

We discussed important stuff like ammunition and laundry soap, and if you could get a little pep by chewing on a coffee bean when the water supply ran low.  I’m not exactly sure what made me snort, but it had something to do with bartering Mod Podge for toilet paper.

None of it in isolation was really all that funny, but the laughter was contagious. 

I'm sure you can all relate to the joy of it.
I'm also sure you can relate to the need for it as well. 

Times are tough out there, folks, and our family feels the pain. We have a farmer in a drought, a salesman in a recession, and a soldier in a war.  We get it. 

But that day, we chose to sit around a table and laugh ourselves silly anyway.  In return, we found this week's simple pleasure.  

*****
Sharing with Dayle
for the  Simple Pleasures Party 

49 comments:

Brandi said...

thank you for the giggles! I LOVE to laugh!
I know sometimes when I've had one of those "moments" with a dear friend or my mom, I've tried to relay it to my husband and I get this blank stare...that's when I give up and say "guess you had to be there". I totally felt like I was there watching you laugh with your sister!
Thank you for sharing!
Glad I found your blog! Please check out mine!
http://livelaughlove-brandi.blogspot.com/
I just started recently, but I'm feeling the Lord's healing through my bloggin!
And one of mine includes a bit about my laughter! ;)
In Christ,
Brandi

Ann said...

Ah, Debbie. I totally relate to side-splitting laughter.

With daughter #1 home, you know ... the one who wore a faux hawk at the age of 30-something, and raised her eyes along with her hand to encourage the congregation to repeat the prayer line at her sister's wedding, the one who slept in said wedding hair and makeup and then photographed herself ala an arrest photo ... she has us in side holding mode more than usual.
Last night, with her cousin from PaDutch country visiting, she tried to say something with a "dutch" accent, and her cousin started laughing and said she spoke with an Irish accent. So, for the next 30 minutes, #1 tried over and over again to make it a "dutch" accent. Her attempts had the entire house in hysterics.

So, yes, I relate to the family laughter over something silly and not usually funny .... Feels good, doesn't it?

Cheers~

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Debbie, yep, you are all word candy! This always happens to me in church,,,,Oh, it is impossible to stop, and terribly embarrassing, it is so much better when you are around a table and you can snort away!

Carol

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

OH WHAT FUN! I think I am going to have to dust off that movie and WATCH again! It is PURE therapy isn't it?

Jerralea said...

I'm a lover of a laugh-fest, too. Nothing I like better than a belly laugh.

{Oh, and if it is really funny, I snort, too ... Ssh ... don't tell.)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love it Debbie! I could use one of those great belly laughs myself-enjoy:@)

Ruby Jean said...

LOVED it..ALL of it.. Snort and All..By the way I enjoyed your visit over at my blog as well and thank you for the Sweet Comment...Laughter is such a WONDERFUL gift that the Lord has shared with us...It's amazing what it can do to one's soul...
Blessings to you and yours this day...Especially your Farmer,Salesman and Soldier...♥

Ruby Jean said...

Thanks for sharing the Linky Party...Just signed up with it.. : )

T's Daily Treasures said...

Okay, first off, I was giggling before I even came over here. Your comment got me started. Everything is comfort food except carrots. Ha! I can tell ya'll had a great time making your grand plans for a bunker.

I'm from Mississippi and grew up in TX and LA so I was used to hurricanes, but when hubby was with me in Louisiana at the time of Hurricane Andrew, he watched the news and heard all the stuff they said that you needed for hurricane preparation and went out and bought every single item mentioned. :/ I had never done that before.

Thanks for the chuckle. Best wishes, Tammy

Patti said...

Laughter is wonderful..very definitely a huge pleasure in our lives. It's great that you and your family spend time laughing together.

By the way, I have to tell you, of all the years I lived in Florida (20+), we only evacuated 1 time...in 1999. I think it was Hurricane Gordon...supposed to land between the Space Coast and Titusville, so we skedaddled out of town. May I just say that every car in the state of Florida was heading north on 75 and west on 10!! The storm ending up landing at Charleston, so we evacuated unnecessarily, but it was on occasion of many memories...my kids still talk about it.

Have a great day.

Love,
Patti

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Debbie, I so wish I could have been at that table!! But, short of that, I am most happy to be able to read your account of the fun!! Laughter is a great rememdy for our souls! Now, my hubby and your sister need to put their heads together, then the rest of us could relax! LOL! blessings ~ tanna

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Hurricane season -- are you a Floridian like me? I know exactly what you mean about laughter -- that side-splitting, inexplicable kind is the best. I'm a teacher who just went back to school this week, and we had one of those times around the teachers' lounge table at lunch!

Shug said...

Laughter is good medicine. Glad you all were able to have some giggles while planning for such times. Hugs to you

Dianne said...

What I would give to be "in on" an afternoon of laughter with you dear friend. I am so thankful for those of you especially gifted with a keen sense of humor and the "wherewithal" to write about it so that we "get it."

Great post.

Love you,
D.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Debbie laughter is the best medicine, and it sure sounds like you all have that down pat!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

My friend, it's such a blessing to have a sister that you can share that kind of "good time" with! I can just imagine how the whole "survivalist" conversation went! I sooo agree, we are facing tough times but it's a blessing that we can find laughter through it all! I sure enjoyed your post, dear friend...thanks for sharing a little bit of that joy with us today!!!

Just coming by to say hello...it's been awhile since we have visited! It has been such a busy summer for me and I'm afraid that my blogging and visiting has suffered for it. Sounds like all is well on the homefront!!! So happy to hear it!!!

Warmest summery wishes,
Chari

PS...my youngest daughter is my sunshine! That girl just keeps me in stitches! Hehe!

Barbara F. said...

That is the best kind of laughter! I totally get it, I love to laugh! xo,

the⋆silver⋆of⋆His⋆fining said...

Debbie, Thank you for your kind comment on my post. Your giggles sound delicious! It's been awhile since I've had that sort of laughter. So good for the soul. Joyce

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

GOOD MEDICINE -- that is what the good book says :)

Blessings!
Gail

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Laughter the best medicine!! The world is facing taugh times all over and this makes us laugh and enjoy, our spirits rise and stay for a good time of day with this wonderful feeling! So nice to have a sister to laugh and enjoy some time together...I envy you, wish I had one. One of the happiest times in my days are when I'm blogging and meeting people like you. Thank you very much and nice meeting you! Blessings. FABBY

Sarah (Nikki) said...

Debby...you're too hilarious. You had me glued to this post right from the onset and I started cracking up from "I’ve tried to stock my pantry, too, but I keep eating the inventory." One day....I think you should put all this great writing in a book. One thing everyone needs is humor and boy do you know how to crack me up. ☺☺☺

Denise said...

We have not laughed like that in while but boy was it refreshing. You were certainly on a roll with your coffee beans & mod podge. Really, the bunker would be "prettier" with some of your crafting and the coffee beans would definitely help with the silage smell. Don't forget the Duchess has her contribution of hard candy and puzzles. Miss Whimsy will take care of all of the food with her automatic rifle and the bunker is located at the newlywed niece's house. At least now I know I can finally relax because the rest of you have taken care of the essentials.

I laughed again reading your version of the silly giggles. I only hope I'm not quite as serious as you make me sound.

Debbie said...

Ah Denise, I didn't say you were serious. I said you even LAUGH with more poise class than your snorting little sister.

And I forgot about the Duchess's hard candies.

Licorice!!! I'm laughing again now.

Ms.Daisy said...

Oh my dear Debbie, you sure do know how to make us all get the giggles when we just read about your planning session. Love your sense of humor...but I've told you that before. Keep cracking us up, please!


~Jean

Chatty Crone said...

Okay that brought great joy to me - to think you have a sister and family that you are close too like that - I love laughing and I can just picture all of you - just like the scene in Mary Poppins!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You have no idea how much I needed to read this tonight, Debbie. I love to laugh, and there seems to be not as much lately. This makes me determined to seek out the silly.

Mr. Magpie now has the shingles, but one funny moment there... he asked me if I saw this bump on his forehead, and when I replied I hadn't, he said, "How can you miss it??? I look like Gorbachev!" LOL

Love you...

xo,

Sheila ;-)

Carol said...

Debbie,
What a wonderful simple pleasure! It is a blessing to be part of a family who laughs so much together!
Thanks for sharing yet another delightful post.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is such a fun post, but also thought provoking. My sister has been dealing with lung cancer this past year. She's in another state, but it would be nice if we could share some belly laughs together.

I'm in FL (for 45 years) on the east coast, and how well I know the feelings of possible hurricanes.

I'll try to remember all this fun instead of worrying!

Katherine

Maryann said...

This was so funny, found myself laughing out loud just reading it. Absolutley loved it.

Jen said...

I can so totally see you sitting around the table laughing about such things such as hurricane prep. I totally LOLed when you said you kept eating the inventory...

Amy Kinser said...

I love the nose wiggle. I can only imagine how funny it would be to sit around that table with you ladies. Someday...maybe...

xinex said...

Oh I love those kind of moments, Debbie, and they are always so much fun that they are unforgettable.

Sharon said...

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned belly laugh. It's a much, much easier way to tone up the abs than doing sit-ups. Just sayin'...

I can just picture that talk - I was laughing at just the stuff you shared - I can only imagine all the other things you talked about! By the way, I think I laughed the hardest at the coffee bean reference!

I think the one thing I'd be sure to have in my survival bunker is my laptop - because a world without Debbie just wouldn't be worth living in!!

xo

(So, tell me why you decided to change the way we leave comments, hmmm...)

Christine said...

Great relationship you have with your sister (Silly Sisters)

Southern Gal said...

How fun! Nothing beats laughing with our family at ourselves. Thanks for the giggles.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great, great post as always....and yes, yes, we are in need of laughter...without it just dig a hole and throw me in!!

I wish I could have been there and joined it...that laughter that makes your sides hurt, tears run from your eyes, and the joy of it is left in your cheek bones.

no spring chicken said...

I'm surprised that of all the things you could barter for toilet paper, you were willing to give up the Mod Podge! If I recall from a previous post, Mod Podge is just what will keep everyone in the bunker sane. Think! I guess all that giggling really did get in the way of your common sense...

Blessings, Debbie

Crickit said...

Laughter IS the best medicine! I am so glad that you had that time with your sister!

Wish I could have been a fly on the wall that day! :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Great advice, we need to laugh! I am glad you had such a fun time with your sister.

Sonja said...

Those 'simply silly' times are some of my very favorites!!

When you just LOSE it from laughing so hard over so little. I got the giggles when my dad was preaching when I was about 12. I could NOT stop and my shoulders were bouncing all over the pew. To this day, I can laugh out loud thinking about it! :)

You always make me laugh, and I can just picture all of you laughing together. It sounds like my family and it's part of what makes family so dear.

xo

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I sure could use one of those deep belly laughs myself. I am way overdue! Laughter is the best medicine and the perfect solution to these tough times for sure and it's free too. Woohoo! Thank you for sharing this story and a smile with all of us! :)

Patti said...

Debbie, I wanted to let you know that I have given your blog an award...the sweet blogger award. While my Fill My Cup blog was set up as award-free, I didn't do that on my movie blog. So check out my movie blog for details.

Love and hugs,
Patti

Mevely317 said...

OMG, Debbie ... I can SO relate. Unfortunately, those moments have become fewer and further between (my favorite "provoker" is a 1,000 miles away).
All the same, you've just made me giggle like a teenager - thank you!

PS - I TOTALLY agree with you re. the "curly" bulbs.... there's enough ugliness in this world, I don't need to bring any of it inside!

Marla said...

Yep, you got it girlfriend!! Laughter, laughing, laughing, laughing. Good for the heart and soul.

bj said...

Nothing like laughing til you are about to p your pants and then, laugh some more. Love it.
xo bj

Dayle said...

You make me LOL all the time! I can tell we'd get along swell. I have two sisters and we get the same kind of pleasure from simply being silly. I'm going to have to really consider that coffee bean theory, by the way. May be on to something there.

FrouFrouBritches said...

I do love it when we get our tickle boxes turned over - our nostrils flare, we snort and we laugh until tears are streaming and our stomach muscles ache. Sounds wonderful!

I burst out laughing at the Paris Hilton comment. Bahahahaha!

Jenny said...

What a fun family you have!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I've said it before, but I really do want to be adopted by your family. If your sister is as witty as you, I can only imagine how much fun the two of you have together. I was almost laughing out loud just reading about it. laurie

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