Shortly after my divorce, my finances were so low, I had to look up to find the poverty level. During the depths of my depression, my parents and one of my sisters stepped forward to help me and my children survive financial disaster. I am still grateful for the love and support they showed me back then.
But more than just money got me through those difficult times – along with the love, compassion, and companionship I received from friends and family during all of those years, the other thing that pulled me out of my depressive slump again and again was laughter. And I found plenty of it – in tiny human form.
Conversations with my children, especially when they were just learning how to talk, were entertaining and educational. I enjoyed listening to their insights and observations, and I tried (with much difficulty) to control my laughter so my amusement wouldn't occur at their expense.
Laughter, due to its infectious nature and its ease in lightening even the darkest of moods, held my hand through my worst days and nights and lifted me out of despair. I sought it often.
"Seek and ye shall find." And I did. I found laughter between the tears and the struggles of raising children alone – I looked forward to even the asthma-producing laughs that sent me to the hospital again and again.
Over the years I learned to savor the moments that brought me to tears of delight instead of to tears of anguish, and I saved as many of those moments as I could record. (If only blogs had been around back then – they sit on scraps of paper and in notebooks.)
Just before the divorce, when I realized that then was as good a time as any to pursue my longed-for writing career, I gathered funny stories from friends and family, put them into an article, and asked the local newspaper to publish, Kiddy Kwips. To my surprise, my words found their way into print.
This morning, after reading a blog that reminded me of that article, I decided I wanted to bring some laughter into YOUR life by sharing the blog and the article with you.
So, sit back, relax, click the following links, read, and enjoy:
Kiddy Kwips, first published in Chicago's Southtown Economist (now known as the Southtown Star) in the mid-1980's.
Smiles to Brighten Your Parenting Day, found this morning in a blog written by Metaphysical Mom.
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