One of the best gifts my family gave me rather naturally, was to have a sense-of-humor. My parents laughed A LOT and easily, and when you are a kid who says and does odd things, you better be able to laugh at yourself or you’ll never survive adolescence, let alone adulthood (and politics)!
Every time I call my mom, she answers the phone in giggles. And she means it! It gets you through so many times in life when you are lonely, fit-to-be-tied, pissed off at the world for not giving you what you feel is owed to you by being born and well…just because.
When life kicks you in the butt, there is nothing that can change the mood faster than a good belly laugh (that can also give you better stomach muscles), a funny story (sometimes related to some stupid thing you did that your dad recalls every time you come home to visit) or a very well-written comedy.
It is my immediate go-to when I need to get my personal checks-in-balance regarding life.
Books do that, movies, or a fabulously told story by my incredibly gifted and sardonically-humored sister.
That, in essence, is one of the many things that my family graced me with that serve to make me a happier person.
And if you are currently out-of-sorts and need a good chuckle, may I suggest a recent find of mine, a book called: All Over The Place Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by one of Time’s nominated top 25 best bloggers, Geraldine DeRuiter. Wickedly-witted Geraldine is a hapless traveller who can't read maps for the life of her, but battles that and many of her neuroses with a big dose of love and sarcasm.
Or a dear and favorite movie: Must Love Dogs. Been around awhile, but is sharply written and has a cast that exemplifies “ensemble acting” at its best. One of my #1 best romantic comedies.
Thank you, Debbie Reynolds, for the 12 Days of Thanksgiving Challenge!