45 years ago a little girl was told by her adoptive father that he hated the sound of her laugh and to never laugh in front of him again. At the time it felt like something inside of her died and she became hollow. How could she stop such an instinctive expression of happiness, like laughter? Already fearful of this man who used his thick leather belt and college jock strength to discipline her, it was these words that dealt the most painful, devastating wound to her body and soul. She tried to not laugh in front of him, but she couldn’t suppress such a normal physical reaction that was so natural for her. 50 years later, this once little girl, now a middle aged woman, cannot keep laughter from coming out from her body and soul. No evil words can or will ever imprison the genuine, spontaneous laughter from her 5 year old heart. When someone tries to destroy something inside of you that is organic and pure like your laugh, that person, no matter the relationship, doesn’t deserve your love. To those of us who endure Father’s Day, I lovingly wrap my arms around you and hope you find some joy in the day for yourself, whatever it is…and most importantly…laugh.
“What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound of a soul waking up!” — Hafiz. “
“Laughter is the language of the soul” –Pablo Neruda.”