by Nancy Farrier
I leaned back, closed my eyes, and sighed in pleasure as my three-year-old daughter sat on the back of the couch behind me running her small fingers through my hair. It had been a long day. I was exhausted. I didnâ€™t care about what was on television that held the rest of the family enthralled, I just wanted to enjoy the soothing touch of my little girl.
â€œMom.â€ Her breath warmed my ear as she leaned down and spoke close to me.
â€œHmmmm?â€ I could barely find the initiative to answer.
â€œDo you know what this is?â€ My daughter asked. Her fingers kneaded at the crown of my head.
â€œItâ€™s a brain sucker.â€
One of my eyes popped open. Amusement bubbled up. Where had she come up with this? â€œA what?â€
â€œA brain sucker.â€ I could hear the laughter in her tone. â€œDo you know what itâ€™s doing?â€
Of course, I knew the obviousâ€”it was sucking out my brains, but I didnâ€™t want to steal her moment. â€œWhat?â€
She leaned closer to my ear, probably to make sure I heard. â€œItâ€™s starving to death.â€
I burst out laughing. The answer was so unexpected. Where did a little girl come up with something like that? Yet her bit of humor gave me a much needed pick-me-up. Only years later did I learn that her sisters would do that to her, thus giving her the idea for a trick to play on me.
As a writer, Iâ€™m never out of ideas for stories, however there are many times when I run out of energy for writing. I still find that taking the time to laugh or enjoy some small pleasure can give me the best boost of drive that I need.
When life gets you down, take the time to laugh and enjoy the people around you.
Great post, Nancy! And perfect timing for deadlines, for NaNo, for economic worries, for everything – laughter is always the best medicine! And your post made me laugh! 🙂
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