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Daily Prompt: Laughter – how it can heal

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Laughter is the best medicine so they say…  however I truly believe it is.  Coming from two difficult years, I can honestly say that laughter is healing.  I lost both of my parents six months apart from each other.  My Mom passed away of terminal cancer in December of 2015 and my Dad in June of 2016 from a sudden heart attack in his sleep.  Through all the tears and sorrow, I somehow found laughter again.  It wasn’t easy, but it came and thankfully it was in the form of memories and reminiscing.

My Mom always used big, unusual words.  Words you would find in crossword puzzles.  She would say words like, “That path is well trodden” or “Henceforth”.  We shared many trips together where we would laugh and laugh…sometimes through heartfelt mocking, but all in all, through just living in the moment and enjoying every minute.  I feel blessed that my kids had the opportunity to go on some special adventures together with my Mom and I.

My Dad on the other hand just had a great sense of humour.  He was always positive and making funny comments or telling humourous stories from the past.  We enjoyed many family times where his smile and laughter made everyone feel lighter.

I can still hear my parents laughter and that is such a special gift.  I am grateful to have such happy memories and be able to laugh with my own family saying, “Remember when…”.  The tears still flow, not as often as they did, but they still do as I continue through this grief journey.  At times however, there is smiling through my tears.  Feeling is healing and what a great way to heal through laughter.

 

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Daily Prompt: The Many Meanings of “Bubble”

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When I think of the word “bubble” all I think of is what a great word it is.  BUBBLE.  You can just see it glisten in the sun and then, POP!  But there are many different kinds of bubbles.

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Firstly, there is a personal bubble.  “Can you please back up?!  You’re in my personal bubble.”  This is a space where you can feel calm and relaxed or extremely uncomfortable.  A hug from a family member or friend does not infringe on your personal bubble, but a stranger stepping into your space can be distressing.  Some people are better at respecting personal bubbles than others.  We need to protect our personal bubbles and voice it when we feel our bubble is going to burst!

Secondly, there is the always entertaining activity of blowing a bubble with bubble gum.  Blowing a bubble with a wad of that luscious, pink, sticky candy is satisfying.  It brings back those childhood memories chewing Hubba Bubba and having a biggest bubble blowing contest with your best friends.  The bubble grows and grows until it is stretched to its limits.  Then it pops all over your face and everyone laughs and laughs.  What a joyful experience!

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Finally, there is the gratifying action of blowing bubbles with a bubble wand.  Again, a favourite childhood activity that cheers a person up and leads to feelings of  happiness.  I brought a bubble wand into my classroom, ran around the room releasing bubbles with reckless abandon and instantly all of my students were squealing with delight.  Bubbles are a fantastic emotional outlet.  Whether blowing the bubbles or popping them mid-air, they are simple spheres that lead to endless fun.  Dogs love them too!

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Have a beautiful, bubble-blowing kind of day!