Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Writer's Workshop

Inspired by Mama Kat's Losin It, I am linking up Writer's Workshop.

For this week's writer's workshop, I chose prompt #1

1.) I sometimes laugh when I’m uncomfortable…or being yelled…or in church…or at a funeral. Write about a time when you laughed at an inappropriate time.

I have been known to laugh when some one gets hurt. I personally thought that my brain was wired wrong or something. I had heard that the empathetic emotion is in close proximity to the happiness one. I'm not sure that it was really true, I'm not a brain surgeon or some one who understands the medical side of the body. But it sounded pretty good to me and it was an excuse for cracking a smile when some one was in pain. I honestly feel terrible if you get hurt or are in pain but sometimes I can't shed a tear.
I can't recall a specific time that I laughed when some one got hurt but I have done it enough to know that I have. I have inadvertently laughed at my husband, my father, my daughter and some friends when they were in some sort of pain. Feeling embarrassed I would try to hide my smile and try to grin it out. I have twisted my smile into a sort of grimace so I didn't look such a bad person.
Honestly, I feel bad. I feel bad because I wasn't able to just cry for them or stay strong. I also feel bad because if some one is hurt, the last thing they want is some one standing there with a smile on their face. It's not a laughing matter when you're witnessing some one you love hurt. Maybe it's the safest way for me to deal with it. Again, the wiring in the brain is very tricky. I'm chalking it up to bad wiring. Heck, when I've busted my toe or like when I cut my foot open on the boat this weekend, I laughed in the pain. I was trying not to cry and I was laughing at the same time. My daughter gave me a funny look and asked me what was funny? So I even laugh at myself. You know, if you can't laugh at yourself, then no one can't.

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5 comments:

Katina said...

Oh girl! Laughing is great medicine. Yeah chalk it up to bad wiring--sounds good to me! Visiting from the Writer's workshop

Diane said...

I always seem to laugh when I am in an uncomfortable situation or nervous when there is really absolutely nothing funny! I think the wires get crossed in my brain or something!
Thanks for the comment and the follow. :)

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

I laugh at those moments too. Visting from mama kats

jen said...

This is funny to me. My daughter and sister-in-law share this trait. SIL laughed hysterically when my hubby ran smack into a tree. So hard he bounced off and then needed stitches. It's been 13 years, and she still laughs about it!
Visiting from Mama Kat.

amy said...

i do the same thing- or a kind of giggle when I'm talking about someone's sickness. i've decided it is a defense mechanism.

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