Monday, March 30, 2009

Trying Not to Laugh



I have always had a problem with this...you know, trying not to laugh at things that are not supposed to be funny, but somehow I have found I have a weakness in that area. ..

Take the time my sister and I were taking my grandma to a department store. I was trying to show Grandma how to get on the escalator. Well, her timing was all wrong, and she stepped on, started losing her balance and my sister was trying to catch her by the hand and only managed to grab her finger so she started sort of twirling around and then she fell with her legs in the air and her girdle showing,(she had to wear one...). Some man below had the good sense to push the panic button so the whole thing stopped,but what a sight to behold. And all I was doing the whole time was laughing so hard I was crying. Of course I would not have been laughing had she been really hurt, but I could only imagine what all those people were thinking of me laughing at my grandma for her stunt on the escalator...

Or take the time I was in church and the minister was reading the portion of the Bible where it told of Rebeckah meeting Isaac for the first time...The minister read in a booming voice ..."And Rebeckah rose up off of her ass..." (meaning donkey of course) but he had gotten no further than that last word when several of us lost it and started laughing...shameful, I know, but that's what happens when you are sitting with a group of teenagers...


It seems to me the harder one tries not too laugh, the harder it is to hold it in...don't know why, but it's true. I love to laugh, but not necessarily at someone else's expense. So, I try to curb that...but I have failed a few times. And in case you are wondering, yes, I laugh at myself all the time-in fact, I do quite frequently since there is plenty to laugh at! I figure if one can take being laughed at with good humor and grace, then I figure you are truly a good humored person, and not so bad to be around!

6 comments:

Kristen Hermanny said...

I am bad at laughing when it is not acceptable. I could go on and on about it. Thanks for sharing your stories, it helps me feel like I'm okay:) Cuz you're okay, right?

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Of course I am ok...I think...or at least as ok as a mother of four teenagers can be...

Lindsey said...

Oh, yes. I am guilty of inappropriate laughter. Not only would I have laughed at the "Rebeckah rose up off of her ass" comment with you, but I would randomly begin laughing again five minutes later too because I was still thinking about it.

hmmlife said...

oh yes.. at many occasion.. i laughed out so loud that i got in trouble for it..

Sidewing Creations said...

GUILTY!!!! I'm just so bad about this! I have adult children now, but when they were little... It was hard to teach them to be correct when I was laughing at the wrong time!. I loved your story! It was so reminiscent of, well, me!

Are any of you old enough, as I am, to remember the episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show when Mary was laughing inappropriately at a funeral? Yes, I think we must be the ones who are ok. Aren't we? :)

Uneekdolldesigns said...

I have to confess, I am worse than my kids I think...so shameful but true!

I admit to remebering the Mary Tyler Moore Show too....:)