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Laughter and Thanksgiving

21 Nov

I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving.  This year has flown by and time seems to move faster and faster. As I reflect on what I’m specifically thankful for this year, there are so many things. I’m thankful that this year I did not need any surgery or treatment for cancer (first year since2008). I’m thankful for my voice and my breathing which slowly gets better with each day. I’m thankful for my awesome family and friends who have been with me throughout.  I’m thankful for my incredible medical staff who are now my friends.  I’m thankful for my job which provides financial blessing for my family. The list goes on and on.

My funny kids

One of the things I’m most thankful for is the laughter in my family that carries us through.  When you’re a parent, you always worry about your kids.  When you’re a parent with cancer, you worry even more.  My kids have been dealing with this since I found a lump in December of 2007; the ups and downs, the surgeries, radiation, etc. I always hope and pray that they are ok, that their childhood has not been tainted by fear or anxiety.  I do know, as we sat around and watched Malcolm in the Middle the other night, we had not lost the laughter.  We laugh about stupid stuff like burping and farting, I make up raps and songs, my kids and I reenact scenes from shows and try to speak in different accents, I’m so happy we did not lose that. Bill Cosby says, “Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. ”  I find this to be so true. Looking back at this incredible journey, there was lots to laugh about despite the difficulties. Like the time I was trying to do the grout on the kitchen backsplash with a drain coming out of my neck, or when I couldn’t speak and life was a huge game of charades, the snapping and motions I came up with…truly laughable.

Now when I laugh it’s actually a little difficult.  Because my vocal cords are so close together and because one of them is paralyzed, when I laugh really hard, I literally can’t breath.  I have to force myself to try to stop laughing to take a breath…which then makes everyone (including me) laugh even harder.  It’s really too much.  Life is a funny journey and if you don’t laugh about it, you’ll cry too much.  Exercise those smile muscles, smiling eyes are beautiful.

Since it is Thanksgiving and I am truly a lipstick lover, I am not picking one color this week.  I am treating myself to the Bobbi Brown 20th Anniversary Lip Palette.  It’s 20 beautiful colors in one palette.  I have been a lipstick fanatic for about 20 years and I believe I have owned the ten original Bobbi Brown lip colors (which are the top ten colors in the palette).  Happy Thanksgiving, don’t forget to laugh!

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5 Responses to “Laughter and Thanksgiving”

  1. Jo November 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Now I have this hysterical picture of you trying not to pass out from laughing so hard that you can’t breath! That should not be funny, but somehow it is!
    If you lose your sense of humor, life is just too danged dreary.
    Good job.

    • lipstickjourney November 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      Yes Jo, believe it! Me laughing hard is hysterical because of the breathing thing. It actually makes my family laugh harder!

  2. Beth November 23, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    “Life is a funny journey and if you don’t laugh about it, you’ll cry too much. “

    SO true!

  3. Marc Cohen November 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    With all the uncertainties in life one thing is certain, that laughter can get us through to the next moment with a wind that lifts and elevates our spirit beyond any cloud of darkness.

    Soar high with that laughter! Marc 🙂

  4. Gill Mojo November 26, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I’m with Jo. That’s the exact image I will be taking from this post, Kathy *grin* I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with laughter *hugs*

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