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Flashback Friday: Laughter.

April 25, 2014

December 2009 – Laughter.  (Oak Park, IL)

It was one of the first times in a long
time that I’d laughed. Like, really laughed. I’m talking can’t catch
your breath, almost pee your pants, choke on your spit, abs of steel, no sound comes out
kind
of laugh. And as if he knew I’d been needing to have a laugh like this (although he didn’t know
it at the time), with one click of the camera he was able to capture
it. 
We’d walked into this rundown corner diner and it was just the two of us in the whole place. It was a new and different neighborhood for me and it was nice to have a change of scenery. Have you ever had one of those days where you just didn’t want to be recognized by anyone? You didn’t want to run into anyone? You just wanted some space to be whoever you wanted to be right then and there? It was like that and that’s how I felt – I breathed deeply, feeling the freedom and space to be whoever I wanted to be that day. We just sat there for hours, literally hours,
drinking coffee and making a mess of the ketchup and sugar packets. We
talked about the lighter things in life. We talked about random things like our favorite jokes and puns. It was fun.

Turns out, the person I’d wanted to be that day wasn’t just some girl enjoying her temporary time in this new found space to breathe and be. I was me. A lighter, happier version of myself. Someone I’d once been and someone I didn’t even know I’d been missing. And while I can’t remember how it happened or even what it was over, before I knew it- he had me laughing. Like, really
laughing. I’m talking couldn’t catch my breath, almost peed my
pants, definitely choked on my spit, abs of steel with no sound coming out kind of
laugh. And I just remember thinking: God, don’t let this end. Please just pause time for a moment and let me enjoy this awhile longer. But God did so much more than just give me a few extra moments – He gave me a forever best friend, a second chance at a real future with a man who was truly going to know me and love me – and to this day, he still makes me laugh this way.

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  • Love this…..if you can't laugh (especially at yourself) then something is just plain wrong. But laughing with someone by your side makes life so much more enjoyable. So happy you found someone to laugh with!

  • So cute 🙂 That is a great picture!

  • Awwww this makes me smile! Finding that forever best friend is so amazing 🙂

  • Oh I love this story!! And this: "feeling the freedom and space to be whoever I wanted to be that day", I can relate so much. Sometimes we need to feel the freedom to just be whoever, and it's in those moments we find out who we truly are 🙂 So happy you have an amazing partner on your journey through life!

  • laughing together is the best medicine. it's so special you have this photographed.

  • Can I just say how cool it was that moment was able to be captured?! Keep it forever and esp when you need a reminder of what's important.