Friday, October 5, 2012

Quote of the Day:   “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ― Charles Dickens

I awoke this morning to the sound of children's laughter.  They laugh as they run to school in the early morning.  They laugh as they run home at the end of the day.  The kids who go to school here laugh even on the way to the choo (bathroom).  At every work site, you can hear men laughing.  Down in the market, wherever there are groups of people standing together, you hear laughing.  Even if you hear raised voices, if you listen long enough, it always seems to end in laughter.  Maybe that's the attraction of this culture--people laugh.  It's an oral culture, so if something is funny, it is repeated over and over.  Juliana will pantomime Edina running around the yard trying to corral what is a very fast little puppy until we are all laughing.  Then when Shaban comes in, she tells the story all over again--and we laugh some more.  I feel very sorry for those who cannot laugh.   A professor of mine, Elie Wiesel, is very serious almost all the time.  If you Google him, you will understand why, but when I was one of his students, I was known on campus as the man who made Professor Wiesel laugh.  I did, too, many times, some of them on purpose.  I believe Jesus laughed a lot.  My favorite picture of Jesus has Him laughing.  So should we all.
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