"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." -e.e. cummings
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” - Audrey Hepburn
Being retired has its perks, but sometimes our house just seems too still; too quiet. When that happens, I know just what to do: invite Miss V for a visit. She is one of my dearest friends; she just turned five.
We have tea parties, bake cookies, tell secrets, read books, draw pictures, and have egg hunts. We have Miss V's imaginary friend Stacey over for tea occasionally. One of us does cartwheels and splits in the living room while the other claps her hands. We play I Spy and Simon Says. We laugh. A lot.
I miss the days when my children were little. I also miss the children I taught at the elementary school. (Which is very different from missing going to work; I assure you.) I miss our grand baby who lives so far away. So what's a girl to do? Borrow someone else's child! Spending time with little ones all but guarantees laughter will be involved.
When V's mom comes to take her home, the house returns to its quiet stillness. As I wash the dishes, sweep the cookie crumbs off the floor, and straighten the living room, I smile because it was my good fortune to laugh with a child. I look forward to my next visit with Miss V. The echoes of her laughter linger in our home, and make me smile at our memories.