Thursday, August 11, 2011

Writer's Workshop: Bad Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine. Or is it? When laughing in the correct atmosphere, where it is an acceptable form of expression given the circumstances.

At a comedy club, in the presence of friends at a birthday party or at your friend's wedding when she smashes cake all over her new husband's face. But finding yourself chuckling at Aunt Mary's funeral while your cousin is giving a eulogy is not a good way to express your condolences.

I can name many times that I have laughed an inappropriate times. When my son fell off the ladder in his bedroom and was crying that he got a boo boo, was not a fine time to smile and fight off a chuckle. It doesn't make me a bad mom. I would think it would if it was the first time but since this incorrect expression has happened many times in my life, I just figure I'm wired wrong.

I've found myself trying to stifle a laugh when a friend of mine was getting yelled at by another friend. I should have been angry but I couldn't get that part of me to trigger to anger. I actually had to walk away and compose myself before returning to the room.

About a month ago, I read a blog somewhere that gave a name for it. But I spent over an hour trying to find it again without any luck.

I've never laughed at a funeral or church at the wrong time. Thankfully. I'm not sure I'd be able to explain my sudden outburst of laughter.

Mama’s Losin’ It
This post was written for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. This week I chose prompt 5 and wrote my non fiction piece, in my own words.

5.) 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.


Helene1108 said...

I've done that too...I think it's just our body's natural reaction to stressful events.  

Stacey said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this! Although, it does lighten the mood, even at a funeral! Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

shellthings said...

I laugh at the wrong times all the time. Whenever I'm uncomfortable. 

pitterpatterchildren said...

I too, laugh at the wrong times.  It is really bad when you laugh at your kids.  stopping by from Mama Kats

Supah Mama said...

I'm one of those who has to compose herself as well, quite frequently actually. I can barely discipline my own children, let alone listen to my husband discipline them.