to laugh or cry?

Before I share the following snippets of life in the past few weeks, I must note that while Scripture doesn’t explicitly teach that God has a sense of humor, I feel like it’s an undeniable truth.

As an expression of jealousy that the bigger chickens have successfully laid eggs for several weeks, Snowflake saw an opportunity to fly-hop herself out of the coop and decided to do a little free-ranging in the back yard. Oops. I eventually scooted the other chickens to their roost and created a Hansel-and-Gretel style trail of scratch and watermelon rinds for her to follow into the coop of her own volition. It worked. Considering that I will probably eat her someday when she has given me all the eggs her body will produce, it’s disturbing to see I am fitting into the role of the fairy-tale witch pretty well here.
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Though I have been mercifully spared from any additional medical catastrophes accompanying our recent miscarriage, I am obediently taking quite a bit of physician-recommended ibuprofen. I find this warning most …ironic, I suppose.
ibuprofenI found out Walgreens has been selling a generic product that makes a very, very bold claim. (I considered rubbing it all over my tummy just in case.)
downsize (7)Apparently the shower needed some ultimate healing, too, because the caulk mysteriously peeled itself up, so we were without a shower for a while until I VERY CAREFULLY cleaned it out and applied the new caulk. Then we waited even longer than label directions indicated before testing it out, just in case.0813131624In that process, I scratched my eye, which was depleted of it’s natural defense mechanism (tears) due to excessive crying jaunts,  and then ended up in severe pain with symptoms of infection that necessitated more visits to the Doctor’s office and a very expensive bottle of antibiotic drops, which made me gasp even after my insurance kicked in their share.
downsize (9)When I say this corneal abrasion caused “severe pain,” I really mean that THERE ARE NO WORDS to describe it, which is saying a lot coming from me. All is mostly well now, I’m just overly sensitive to bright lights yet and wearing sunglasses most of the time.

In every one of these little situations, I haven’t know whether to laugh or cry in response… but there has been plenty of both of those happening at our house, sometimes even at the same time. I think this is healthy. I have learned it is possible to be so overwhelmed by emotion that you are laughing and crying simultaneously, which happened when I was telling Aaron the only thing I wanted in life was to become hermits, get a dog, and hike the Grand Canyon until we died of old age, and I was suddenly struck with the inspiration to name the dog “Burro.” It is more awkward when one person is in agony, as I was during my opthalmological issues, and another unnamed individual is laughing, saying things like, “It seems you are a picture of perpetual misery.”

Other than all this, I snuck in another  summer road-trip to Michigan. Crazy? Yes, but it means I spent a weekend on the beach with some of the best girls in the world AND got to see almost everyone on both sides of our family for a few hours when we weren’t immediately setting up for a wedding, which is rare for us.beach weekendPlenty of laughter and crying happened during that trip, too, in addition to several stops at the same family-style diner for breakfast several days in a row, because that’s how we do things. This unpredictable mix of joy and sadness is all as it should be for now, I think.

9 thoughts on “to laugh or cry?

  1. “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall well.”
    -Julian of Norwich

    I’m so glad we had that weekend with all that joy and sorrow mixed together. Amazing how conversation flitted from the deepest of the deepest to the most trivial, and it was all good.

    • Did e’er such love and sorrow meet? They go together so much. I feel like the top silly-joy quotes from the weekend were pretty special.
      No judgment on Beach Weekend.
      We still vote Republican, but at least we can tell you why we’re not happy about it.
      Sally Hansen has a reputation far greater than her nail polishes deserve.
      Let’s stop pretending that we are classy brunch people.
      All together, we make up the responsibility of one mom.

      Love you! So glad you were such an integral part of that trip, especially the cleaning-out-my-suitcase part there at the end. That sucker would still be brimming with dirty clothes if you hadn’t been there.

  2. Truth. Glad to hear there is some joy in the sadness- the life is a crazy mixture of that.

    And God definitely has a sense of humor- considering what he did with Ezekiel…

    • Good thing… the seasons of all-sadness are just TOO MUCH. I can speak for both of us when I say we do not want to go back THERE ever, thankyouverymuch.
      We can’t wish the sorrows away, because they’ll find us no matter what, but we can seek and accept the “joy as it flies.” (from Eternity, but William Blake.)

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