Yesterday’s conversation, on the way to the grocery store, with my seven-year-old granddaughter went like this:
“Mimi, do you walk like this because you are old?”
“Like WHAT? And NO, I’m not old. I’m 38!”
“38 is OLD!”
“Walk like WHAT?”
“You know, having to hold my hand all the time.”
True story. It was just the beginning of our shopping trip. We were simply crossing the parking lot. I laughed out loud.
Once in the store, as we were shopping, the conversation turned dark. I heard about all the goodies her OTHER grandma has, in her kitchen, for her grandchildren.
I explained her other grandma is extremely rich; but, I am FAMOUS – and, famous is ultra-excellent. Her eyes widened.
Soon, we stood in the checkout line behind a young lady who was wearing FABULOUS, high heeled, bright red shoes.
My granddaughter loved them too. So, I said to the lady, “We love your beautiful shoes!” The young woman turned around and said, “Why, thank you Mrs. Chapman!”
My granddaughter’s mouth dropped open, “How does she know you?”
Smiling bigger than I had all day, I replied, ”I told you I am FAMOUS!”
The young woman echoed my statement, “Yes, everyone knows Mrs. Chapman.”
Presto! My granddaughter was so impressed! She couldn’t wait to get back to the house to tell everyone in the family! I had to leave the room. Of course, I never admitted the young woman is a teller at the bank we frequent! I just left her stunned with how famous her Mimi really is!
I think I laugh more when I am with kids than at any other time in my life. Laughter is so important!
Laughter is not only good for your health (Go ahead, Google it!); but, I am personally convinced it will help you live longer.
Think about how long so many classic stand-up comedians, of the preceding generation, have lived. Most of these celebrities were actively performing right up to their last days. Here is a listing of comedians most people in my generation will recognize and the age at which they died:
Bob Hope, 100
George Burns, 100
Phyllis Diller, 95
Milton Berle, 94
Henny Youngman, 92
Victor Borge, 91
Our favorite TV shows are funny sitcoms. Last Man Standing is at the top of our list. My husband (who almost NEVER laughs) surprisingly laughs out loud at some episodes.
I have a girlfriend, Joyce, who is my adult laughter muse. When we are together, we laugh – usually, regardless of the reason for our meeting. There are days I deliberately plan an outing with her for that exact purpose.
God has the finest sense of humor of all. He created ME!
Find a reason to laugh today. It will cheer your heart and help you live to 100!
Job 8:21: “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with joyful shouting!”
Ecclesiastes 3:4: “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh!”