Knows How to Laugh:    Them: Yes ___ No ___

Until I was forty, I rarely laughed out loud. Odd, but it’s true. I could be watching the funniest movie I had ever seen and my only reaction would be to smile.

The only exception was when I was around children. Somehow they brought out the laughter that was trapped inside of me at other times.

But while I was watching Sienfeld one night, the floodgate opened. It was the episode when Jerry put a Tweety Bird Pez dispenser on Elaine’s purse while they were at George’s girlfriend’s piano recital.

I lost it! I completely lost any effort to control my laughter. It lasted days. Every time I thought of the episode, I lost it again.

When I watch people who laugh superficially it makes me sad. I know what it’s like to hold back. I know how much I missed out by not knowing how to let go and be in the moment. I don’t believe it’s a matter of choice, but it does have a profound affect on a relationship and everyone around.