A reason to laugh with Tiny-Small

Give Me A Reason To Laugh

A reason to laugh with Tiny-Small
Tiny-Small can always find a reason to laugh

I need a reason to laugh today, for obvious reasons. There is some crazy stuff going on, there has been all week. I need a moment of hope and silliness. I need a moment of life.

A reason to laugh is a reason to laugh.
Giving herself a reason to laugh.

Luckily, I live with a two-year old little girl, so laughter and silliness are easy to find.

fashion is a reason to laugh
Upside down fashionista.

Yesterday, Tiny-Small “borrowed” my sunglasses. She insisted on wearing them upside down. She is a trend setter, at least in her own mind. When it comes to fashion, your own mind is the only one that matters anyway, right?

dogs need a reason to laugh
Giving the dog a reason to laugh, maybe.

Then, before I knew it, she was playing project runway with our long-suffering, but infinitely patient dog, Rumples.

dogs in sunglasses always need a reason to laugh.
Rumples, he needs a reason to laugh.

How annoying is it when your dog looks better in your sunglasses than you do?  It’s also pretty annoying when your dog is cooler than you have ever been in your entire life and he does it without even trying. Dogs are born with the cool gene. It’s truly unfair to the rest of us.

Basket jail is a reason to laugh
Dear, Mom, please send bread and water.

After a few wardrobe changes, Tiny-Small got busy creating her own jail cell, or summer home with observation tower, or box-o-basket fun house and spent hours climbing in and out and begging me for assistance.

a reason to laugh was all she needed
Climbing into her summer home.

As soon as I sat down I would hear, “Mom, get me out.” or “Mom, get me in.” I fixed that with a few strategically placed, “I’ll be there in a minute,” responses that really meant I’ll be there in 45 minutes (if you’re lucky, kid).

So, she got the chair and pushed it up next to her house as a sort of makeshift, Cinderella-esque staircase addition to her basket prison. I am pretty sure this is what it would like if Cyndi Lauper ever got arrested or abducted by aliens. Or, played a prison escapee in a made for TV movie about teenage angst and the power of tutu redemption.

smiling in her house.
I did it myself, Mom. I don’t need your help, the best reason to laugh of all.

Girls just want to have fun, you know. They need a reason to laugh. I mean, sometimes life is hard. It’s important to look to the little things. Especially the little things wrapped in tulle, with a side of sparkle and a gigantic flower in her hair. This is a reason to laugh. I am clinging to it like a toddler to her mother’s leg.

Has anything made you laugh this week? Have you had a moment where you could let go of worry and just smile at something goofy going on? Have you been a bright spot in another person’s day?


16 thoughts on “Give Me A Reason To Laugh”

  1. This brings to mind an old Hoyt Axton song: “When it all comes down, I hope it doesn’t land on you. . . ” When I get depressed I read “The Raven” by Poe. That guy really had some problems.

    1. To wit: “`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked upstarting –
      `Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
      Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
      Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the bust above my door!
      Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’
      Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'” 😉

      1. I think he need some good cognitive-behavior therapist or Groucho Marx showing up in his room. They could have watched “Animal Crackers” or “A Night at the Opera” together 😉

  2. As we passed a cemetery the other day, my tween son asked where I plan to be buried. I told him I figured I would be cremated and have my ashes sprinkled at our church, where I’ve been a member my whole life. It is a downtown church, where a number of homeless people sleep and . . . ahem . . . take care of their business. My son replied, “That’s great, mom. We can put up a plaque that says, ‘Rest in p*ss.'”

    Not exactly how I want my 11-year-old to talk, but it was clever and made me laugh. Hope it gave you a giggle too.

    1. That is hilarious and you made me and my husband laugh. Thanks for sharing that. Your son is clever AND funny, what more could you ask for?

  3. Oh my goodness … She is full of beans! So cute. And you’re right, the dog does look spectacular in your glasses. True that we must find ways to have a laugh during such confusing and awful goings on.

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