The Most Wasted of All Days is One Without Laughter

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

It’s spring break in these parts. The kids are sleeping late and doing the things that kids do when they don’t have anything to do. I, on the other hand, am adulting hard. I am working extra shifts and trying to be a boss at mothering in the evenings to make up for the extra work hours. Self-imposed expectations for awesomeness hover so high above my head I can’t even bear it.

When life is hard. And it’s spring break. And it’s April Fool’s Day. You have to laugh.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
(Eccl. 3:1, 4, ESV)

Friday Five

For today’s #FridayFive, we are looking for laughter. Here are five things that make me laugh out loud every time. I hope you get a chuckle or two!

 

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The first one is a personal highlight from this week. I took the kids to the city carnival to enjoy a few nausea-inducing rides. It was Barrett’s first time on carnival rides and he loved it! His favorite ride was the NASCAR track. He laughed so hard around the turns, even the ride operator smiled a little.

 

laugh out loud movies

I have a few go-to movies that always make me laugh out loud. It’s stupid comedy, but it gets me every time. When I see Napoleon Dynamite do his signature dance or Lloyd and Harry ride the moped into Aspen, I cannot help but laugh. My LOL movies: Napoleon Dynamite, Dumb and Dumber, and Office Space.

 

My kids love Rhett and Link’s daily YouTube show, Good Mythical Morning. While their show is most often laugh out loud funny, my hands-down favorite production is from way back in their early years. (Email and RSS readers, visit the blog to watch.)

 

If you like to get your kicks out of reading, try Rick Braggs’ My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South. Maybe it’s because I’m from the South, but I found this to be one of the most delightful books ever. It is light and insightful in the same breath. Grab the audio version to hear the book in Bragg’s slow, steady, North Alabama drawl. It makes even the worst day enjoyable.

“I always wanted some washboard abs, but I also always seem to want some baby back ribs” (Rick Bragg).

 

Laughter in the Bible

My final laugh out loud moment is brought to you by the book of Leviticus. Sometimes you find little gems in the middle of the hard stuff. Leviticus is not an easy book of the Bible to read (reading along with the First5 app helps make it come alive). As I made my way through the animal sacrifices and cleansing regulations, I found this little nugget:

If a man’s hair falls out from his head, he is bald; he is clean. (Lev. 13:40, ESV)

Moses, you really got me with that one. It’s almost like he put it there just to make sure we were paying attention. I get tickled every time I think about this verse!

 

#FridayFive Link Up

Let’s not waste a day; find something to laugh about. What makes you laugh out loud? Will you share it with me?  Comment or link up your laughable post using the button below.

#FridayFive

Come back next week. We are writing about the things we hear. Share your favorite podcasts, noises around the house, your jams. Anything audible goes!

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14 Comments

  1. Love these laugh out louds! Since we just moved to the south I’m getting that book to add to my pile! #booktwins 😉

  2. We have the same fun stupid movie appreciation! 🙂 Girl, we need to hang out in the real world for so many reasons!

  3. I also like to find funny Bible verses. I think they are sometimes God’s little smiles at us.

  4. https://youtu.be/No8wNBqn4RI Tim Hawkins – Whiff of Kansas
    https://youtu.be/HxKeCmTCDV4 Tim Hawkins – Old Rock Star Songs
    Or google Tim Hawkins Youtube for others. ☺ LOL

  5. That verse in Leviticus!! I love those gems. Thanks for sharing. That definitely have me a giggle.

  6. We can get to know a lot about people when we know what makes the laugh and what makes the cry. I love this, Kelly! Thanks for letting us get to know you better. I hate I missed linking up this week. It’s such a great prompt and I know I don’t laugh enough. I should probably laugh about all life is putting on our plate these days. Maybe one day. 🙂

  7. Loved this. Now I want to watch Office Space. I had a fun time writing my #FridayFive. Thankful for these prompts!

  8. I love the look on your little guy’s face! Priceless!!!

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