Everything changes when I love it. And loving changes me.
Laughter lightens every load. It opens the chest, the mind, the belly and heart with its rhythmic pulse, rendering cares and confusion impotent as it bounces them out of the body. Eyes wide open, mouth wide open, spasms of glee launch tears that fall in gentle rivers down cheeks, washing away all manner of insanity, leaving pleasure in its place.
Entire body tingling and alive in the grand release of Laughter and Love.
These pictures were taken on my trip back to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the town in which I was born and lived for the first eighteen years of my life. These are most of the women on my mom’s side of the family. Though my aunties and cousins are married and I have quite a few male cousins, it is the women and girls who get together when I visit. When I was posting my writing from this morning’s And Now You Write call, I thought of these pictures and all the laughter and love we share whenever we are together.
The women in the pictures are my mom, Ann, (on the far right) her two sisters, my Auntie Connie (seated in front) and Auntie Joan (short blond hair), her daughter, Tricia (gorgeous blond between Joan and Ann), and her two darling daughters, Alla (next to me) and Mirabella (between Alla and Joan). Missing from the picture are Joan’s other two daughters, Carrie, who joined us later, and Annie, who lives in Germany and Connie’s daughter Jill and her daughter, Brigid.