Laughter and Amusement

Upon my floor now lay three wolves, an arctic fox, a lion, a horse and a cheerleader.  The animals can stay but the cheerleader has to go.  She is rather annoying.  Every time you press her stomach she says “Go team!” and then sings a grating song.  This is all collateral damage left over from the invasion of my house by kids today.

In my entertaining of these kids I rediscovered just how amusing it is to be a kid and how easily they laugh.  As we dined they began talking about stupid names that people have and have named their kids.  They thought it was hilarious that someone named their kid apple.  It was even funnier to them when I told them about the Earl of Sandwich and a couple of guys named Francis Bacon.  Wouldn’t it have been great if Mr. Bacon had been one of the Earls of Sandwich or if perhaps he had resided in the French city of Bologna or better yet been the Concordat of Bologna.

The world gets so complicated as we get older and the simple things become less funny I guess.  It also gets harder and harder to entertain people as they age.  Today it was nice to see people genuinely enjoying themselves playing with stuffed animals and dolls.  It was great to hear laughter that wasn’t restrained or fake in any way.  It has also been a long time since I’ve seen anyone crack up over knock knock jokes about bananas and oranges.


12 thoughts on “Laughter and Amusement

  1. My granddaughter make my daughter-in-law laugh at a simple joke. I did too when it was retold! Mommy did you look under there? Under where?? HAHA I made you say underwear!
    It is so important to take pleasure in the simplicity of long forgotten ‘things’. Thank you for the reminder!

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