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some kind of laughter; some kind of wonderful.

Posted By on November 13, 2012 in Loved Ones, Thoughts and Feelings, words all strung together | 2 comments

I walked into the room, not sure if he was there.
It didn’t take long to find out.
I’d never before seen a person round a corner like that.
Like he was flying.
And yet his feet kept touching the ground.

It was the kind of abandon you find in children.
And in beloved dogs, too.
I don’t mean to call him a dog or a child, though;
I just mean to say that he ran to me with the same kind of
I’M-SO-GLAD-YOU’RE-HERE! attitude you’d see in either of them.
If he’d had a tail, it would have been wagging, is what I mean.

(I’m glad he doesn’t, though)

I started laughing, then.

I wasn’t laughing because anything was funny, though.
It was laughter born of pure joy.
That kind of laughter doesn’t come as easy, I think.
Not when the morning dawns, looking like a long walk until bedtime.
Not when your body is exhausted from the amount of time you’ve spent lunging¬†and pulsing and crunching and doing the kinds of things we do to make up for a mostly sedentary lifestyle.
And not when, in the past, ¬†you’ve laughed with your family over the way your life has become like a reality show, but worse, because you can’t turn the darn thing off.

But this laughter was an altogether different and golden thing.

And so it was.

He’d been flying and I was laughing and we were both in this one tiny spot, comparatively, when I felt it.
Like I was here.

I laughed for a long time, too.
As long as I needed to, I guess.
He was smiling and I was laughing and the world didn’t look much different through any window, I imagine, but it looked entirely different from my eyes.


  1. Mom November 14, 2012

    A blessing

  2. Sare November 14, 2012


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