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    December 21, 2006

    This morning, Sean and I were putting together a puzzle on the coffee table. We worked side-by-side together in silence for a while and I enjoyed watching him methodically choose, try and then discard ill-fitting puzzle pieces until he found the correct piece. That is so like his father – rational and systematic.

    Then for no apparent reason, he chuckled.

    And so I chuckled in return.

    Then he tried out another laugh, “E-e-e-eeee-ah!” (The Hi-Karate laugh)

    So then I responded with “Ah-ah-ahahahah!” (The Wicked Witch laugh)

    Sean: Ha-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a (The Machine Gun laugh)

    Antique Mommy: “Hoo-hoo-hee-hee!” (The Lamaze or The Monkey – depending who is doing it)

    We went through our entire repertoire of maniacal laughs until I finally ended it with the silent laugh, the one where I throw my head back with mouth open wide, but alas, no sound.

    Aside: When I was 16, I worked in a SuperX drugstore and the lady who ran the cosmetics department was a crazy high-miler AARP kind of gal. She always wore a big starchy beehive hairdo and she drew on these big Joan Crawford eyebrows that extended out to her temples and sometimes she managed to get her red red lipstick on her lips, but usually just close. She would always open her mouth really wide and gasp before she said anything, which made everything seem way more dramatic than it actually was. I suspect Edna liked her some drama. Anyway, I stole The Silent Laugh from her. (Thanks Edna!)

    After the silent laugh, he conceded victory with a “Hmph.”

    And then we went back to working the puzzle.

    Systematic and rational he gets from his father. Maniacal laughing and spontaneous interpretive dancing? Those life skills, he gets from me.


    1. Birdiemom says:

      Insanity runs in some families…. In mine it practically gallops! 😉

      December 21st, 2006 at 12:56 am

    2. Stacey says:

      You should be one proud Mama! Those are some great skills to have : )

      December 21st, 2006 at 4:34 am

    3. Beck says:

      Ah, yes. The wacky laugh. I’m particularly fond of my own witch-like cackle.

      December 21st, 2006 at 7:32 am

    4. Angela says:

      Okay, you are a fun mom. More than one unnecessary laugh in my house just gets a loud and menacing, “Knock it OFF!”

      December 21st, 2006 at 11:45 am

    5. Shalee says:

      “Maniacal laughing and spontaneous interpretive dancing? Those life skills, he gets from me.”

      For which he will be eternally grateful. And way to go, AM.

      December 21st, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    6. not-so-deep Denise says:

      Girl, you so funny. You make me laugh out loud!

      December 22nd, 2006 at 8:18 am

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