A Blast From The Past

This was written in September 2013.  I think perhaps not much has changed . . .

Oops, my straitjacket is slipping…

When you look up at the stars at night do you feel homesick?  Okay, okay, bad joke.  Do you know once upon a time I laughed uproariously at that joke.  I ran around and told all my preteen friends.  Yes, it’s that old.  And so am I.

As we age our funny bone seems to migrate.  For some people it ends up around the gluteus maximus.  For others humour becomes more cerebral.  I don’t know the equation to what’s funny.  I don’t even know what makes me laugh until I am actually laughing.  When was the last time you laughed so hard there were tears running down your face?  Do you remember the knee slapping, rib tickling, gut wrenching guffaws you used to hear when a group of people got together to watch a comedy film?  I don’t, at least not recently.  The last time I had one of those all-encompassing, falling on the floor cackles was watching an old movie.

The movie was ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.  I don’t remember the movie.  I don’t even know if it was actually a comedy.  What I do remember is my boyfriend and I beating on the furniture.  We were laughing so hard we were crying.  I remember him falling on the floor and not able to catch his breath.  But I don’t remember the movie.  I remember that there was a series but it appeared to be about teenage angst (and vampire slaying) I wasn’t interested.  I had enough of that when I was a teenager! (The angst not the slaying!) Don’t get me wrong I enjoy comedy.  I’ve been known to crack a smile and even show teeth.  I just haven’t had a really good belly laugh in a very long time.

Laughter is a universal language.  It crosses borders and brings people together.  It can also alienate people and cause others to commit various forms of harm.  Of course that in itself can be funny!  But I digress.  I don’t know of any culture that doesn’t have some form of laughter.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could laugh more and shoot less?  We spend so much of our time behaving according to the dictates of society that when we let loose it can be epic!  Find the time to laugh.  A really good guffaw exercises the whole body!

19 thoughts on “A Blast From The Past

  1. jenanita01

    I can count the times you describe on the fingers of one hand, and although I haven’t been much of a laugher (is that even a word?) I realise I have missed something. People who laugh a lot are usually very happy people…

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  2. Murphy's Law

    “……laugh more and shoot less.” I couldn’t agree more Pam. I’m a big fan of laughter, whether it’s me laughing or getting someone else to laugh. 😂😂😂

    I have fond memories of watching Bob Hope or Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and especially Johnny Carson with my family and we laughed until we cried!! One of the best feelings in the world. Good, clean fun. It can’t be duplicated by anything else.

    It’s become a lost art. We need to revive it!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  3. oldmainer

    Boy, now that you ask, it’s been a while since something really made me laugh. I’ve had to settle for chuckles. But, not to be defeated, I look for humor every day and often find it in the strangest places.

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  4. Mark Lanesbury

    Laughter releases a hormone, a really beautiful one that is such a feel good and restorative little potion that if you could bottle it you would live forever. But alas, our negativities hamper it as we grow older. And in fact puts it into a negative drive until we go past those life fears and begin that glow inside that produces it again, only this time, along with the beauty of that discovered inner love, it brings a smile…a very powerful one. It is built on belief, faith, understanding and a love like no other.
    Great post dear lady, and you will laugh again, with such an inner beauty that it will just leave you spellbound and smiling ❤️

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