So this past week–only seven days after our first day in the public school system–I had the inklings of a sore throat. By the next morning, I had a full-blown sore throat, succeeded by chills. You know the rest. It's back-to-school time!
Too, truth be told, now that my son is in school, this food allergy mama hasn't been dipping into the wipes during every outing when he isn't with us. Bam! You see what happens. So the second day of this cold or virus was just terrible. You always forget how awful you feel until it strikes again.
Laughter Is The Best Medicine of All
Taking care of the kids while you're sick is no joke. It was a long day of being a referee without using my voice, trying to keep the chills at bay, and washing my hands as much as possible in an effort not to spread my germs.
By the time my husband got home from work, I couldn't wait to close my eyes. Of course, the youngest demands constant attention so that meant no bed for the weary and resting on the couch while my husband and the troops played nearby.
And then–right when I was wondering how much more painful my poor throat could feel–was when the perspective hit. Have you ever seen that Nick Jr t.v. show Oobi where the characters are hands with eyeballs? My husband started to talk with his hand. (Yes, we have a set of eyeballs just for this purpose.) It quickly turned into a silly game of the kids throwing toys at the talking hand to eat.
My husband, bless his heart, started really hamming it up as my youngster's chuckles turned into deep, hearty laughs and roars. The fun and silliness, in turn, pulled my oldest away from watching Super Mario on the iPod and he soon joined in the giggle-fest!
Soon enough, despite my burning throat and achy body, I couldn't help but smile and start laughing myself. It was all so silly and funny. It was the best I'd felt all day! And seeing the kids' huge smiles was priceless.
I can't remember when we all laughed so much.
Unrestricted, pure, joyful, hearty laughter. Isn't laughter the best medicine of all? And it can happen at the most unexpected times!
We often get so caught up in the daily tasks that we forget to have fun, laugh and be silly. But if you and your kids are dealing with some heavy emotions and anxieties, laughing and being silly is the perfect release for everyone to feel better and reconnect with each other.
Does a laugh a day keep the doctor away? Who knows. But it sure is fun.
I think every parent–especially me–needs to remember to laugh and be silly more. Here's to remembering to use the easiest, cheapest and often overlooked remedy in our medicine cabinet.