Friday, July 12, 2013

Laughter In A Rainy Season

We went to Greenville for dinner last night with some dear friends. As is our custom, we were deciding on a restaurant on the drive up there, mingled in with conversation, and before you knew it we were cruising down Main Street...a very busy Main Street. Everyone decided to get out and enjoy the beautiful, balmy night with nary a drop of rain.

We finally decided on a lovely restaurant on the water, made a quick reservation while we were walking and casually strolled in to be seated. We requested outdoor seating since it was so nice outside and were taken to our table by the hostess. She placed large black menus on the white linen tablecloths, our first and second indications of things to come.

We were giddy with excitement...until we opened our menus and looked at the prices. All of a sudden, as our eyes popped open, it wasn't as fun anymore. Someone, who shall remain nameless, said, "y'all wanna leave?" Well, I hate getting up and leaving, but I sure didn't want to pay those prices either...I am rather frugal. So...we politely lay our big, black menus back down on the white linen tablecloths and walked out.

Mother's Day
This makes me laugh
Then my friend and I ran...yes, we ran out of sight. We looked like two teenagers who'd just egged a house or car on Halloween...and then we laughed and laughed. Our husbands casually strolled along because, you know, men are macho. I hope you're picturing this with me because it was hilarious. We finally found a restaurant and had money left over for coffee...the cure for whatever ails you!

The Bible says, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22 NASB

I was in dire need of some of that kind of medicine. My spirit has been feeling a little broken lately and laughter is just what it needed. It was the kind of real, belly laughter that I've needed. I've also met some new friends through writing that have given me encouragement lately. God always seems to meet our need right where we are, when we need it. I hope you can find someone to laugh with this weekend. People are hurting everywhere...laughter is cheap medicine but it can do a world of good.

I'll remember last night for many years to come as a night of letting go and having fun. In the midst of a dark world, God has given laughter and joy as medicine. Go spread some joy this weekend.

Blessings from My Little Corner,


  1. Oh my, so true so true. Laughter comes along just when we need it. I can just picture you getting up and leaving. That is great.

    1. It was hilarious...I was so afraid they were going to send that little hostess after us. They really didn't care who we were but it was definitely an evening I needed.

  2. Hi Cindy -
    I'm visiting from Chatting at She Speaks. What a great reminder to keep a sense of humor - and to use it often! I look forward to meeting you before too long and hearing that laughter in person.

  3. Hey Kendra! I'm so excited about our "Chatting" group. I've tried to explain it to my family and the only way I can do that is to say this conference is the "Super Bowl" of writers' conferences and Emily is the "Tim Tebow" of bloggers. I think they understand how big this is to me. I look forward to meeting you as well and sharing lots of laughter! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great reminder Cindy to lighten up and just have a good laugh once and awhile. I need reminders like these, as I often take life way too seriously...especially when preparing for something big ;) I can totally picture your story playing out. It makes me smile and I wasn't even there!

  5. I'm the same way, I've been much too serious my whole life and I'm finally learning how to have fun and not worry so much. I'm a former "people pleaser" too, or at least I'm trying to break out of that. Looking forward to laughing with you next week!

  6. Cindy,I just now got an opportunity to read this blog. It's delightful, just as our evening together was. We had a blast! Isn't it a wonder how silliness is so good for the soul?! We shall have to do it again sometime soon. Only, we'll have to choose a different restaurant, as we may be recognized;haha!
    Love ya', Jerijo

  7. Oh what a fun evening it was indeed! As I said, I'll remember it for years to come. So glad we got to spend it with you! Love you both!