December 2009 – Laughter. (Oak Park, IL)
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
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.