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YOU SHOULD LAUGH MORE

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These are my grand niece and nephew and I have no idea why they are
standing like this. None whatsoever. I turn to their dad, who shrugged
and said they just ran to the corner and stood like that. Luckily, I have
photo evidence that these guys are weird.

They are the perfect example of why you should laugh more. We bug each other in our family. We harass each other, especially when we’re bored. All in fun not in a harmful way. When Elysia and Eddi were little, I tended to introduce them to stuff which sometimes got us in trouble. Fun can be had, anywhere, and it don’t have to involve alcohol or drugs to do it. I never have got the idea that drugs or alcohol was fun, never having started on that “journey.” Eddi loved going to museums and still does, calling them “old stores” when he was younger. Fun comes in all shapes and sizes and as long as it doesn’t harm anyone, its all good. Once, I even recruited Elysia and introduced Eddi to mud puddles. We had fun splashing thru the puddles, being filthy messes when Christine came home and saw us, she just rolled her eyes, used to our adventures by then.

I tend to view people as endless sources of idiotic fun. Eddi is appalled when he tries to get me to play his nerd games (minecraft) and it fails epically. They are all little nerds, “weebs,” as Eddi says so I delight in messing with their games. I did play Dungeons and Dragon for about a month, where Eddi was always getting in trouble and I would have to rescue him. It was fun. I even played Godzilla when Eddi built lego buildings and showed them off to me. Imagination is vital to having fun. I love spoiling the kiddos and introducing them to the simple pleasures in life.

Pinterest is all about your interests. Mine is recipes and funny memes. I can’t resist a funny meme and eventually I had to split them into different subjects. I even found these funny little videos on Facebook Watch, like the firefighter emt or the southern group that makes fun of all the things southern people tend to do. I didn’t discover them until we were all isolated under the covid balloon and needed some laughter after being bored to death.

Some people think that kids need structure and keep the kids busy in various sports and “classes.”  We are middle poor so we couldn’t afford all that.  Kids in our family tend to frown at sports, barely tolerating pep rallies.  I still hate crowds to this day.  We finally found a sport they loved…Stickball.  Its a indian game, Native American, I mean, lacrosse is similar, without padding.   Life has them going in different directions but they enjoyed their time playing the game.  Not many play in this area but Eddi usually able to recruit some kids to temporarily play for a couple of hours.  He’s more into games like minecraft and others on his twitch.  He calls himself a “weeb” and I have no clue what that means.  He’s overprotective and since he is already 5’10 and only 14, we think he’s gonna be a giant.  The kids think he’s giant dork who comes into a room to dork laugh while their cartoons are on, just to harass them.

I have been known to sword fight with anything sword shaped.  “Hand! Hand! Give me your hand,” Eddi barks, telling me that I’ve been “naughty.” Then he slaps my hand while I am laughing uncontrollably.  I can’t help it.  Elysia says sometimes I’m more of a kid than they are.  I love watching people, making dumb mistakes when they could have just thought that out with better outcome.   I don’t like dealing with dramatic people and have been known to back off and watch them deal with the shit they start.  I give people a chance, friendship, and then if they mess it up, I back off and let them go.  It will hurt but I ain’t giving them a chance to stir up stuff for long.  I love teasing my friends and they know they can trust me.  I figure I will laugh it up until I die.  I prefer to laugh and be sad all the time.  No disrespect for those of a depressive nature, I know I’m blessed with a happy demeanor.  Don’t worry, depression is a future topic…. In the meantime, have a fun day.  Darlene

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