Ice Breaker – Laughter

Each week on The Stretched Blog, we ask an ice breaker question.  The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community.  I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments.  While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

They say that laughter is the best medicine.  While I’m often known as the serious one (just ask my parents or my brothers), I love to laugh.  There’s nothing like a great belly laugh.  It can be so healthy to laugh so hard that you cry.  With this in mind, I bring you this week’s Stretched Ice Breaker.

Question:  Tell us about a time when you laughed so hard you nearly cried.

My Answer:  Parenting has brought some of the biggest laughs more recently.  The kids say some of the funniest things, and sometimes they do things that simply leave you in stitches.

A couple of weeks ago, we were watching home movies in honor of Hannah’s 15th birthday.  We watched clips from the kids birth through the time Isaac was about 2 years old (which would have made Hannah 4).  Hannah was very cute, very independent, and very much in charge when she was a toddler.  Isaac often had a grin.  He didn’t have much to say (as Hannah was speaking for him), but he often left us laughing uncontrollably through his expressions and movements.

Isaac used to have an exersaucer that we put him in before he could walk.  He would sit in there for hours playing with toys on the tray.  The funniest part was when he would spin the exersaucer round and round.  He would spin so fast and so long that he would get dizzy.  Leanne and I could watch him for hours as he made himself dizzy and entertained himself.  We’ve had many, many laughs since then, but it started early.  Now, Isaac is 12, and he still cracks us up with his “Stolpe”-like humor.

There you have it – my answer.  Now, it’s your turn.  Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment.  I look forward to reading your response!