The Best Medicine – Part 2 of 2

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 21st, 2012

Terry, a grown granddaughter, went home to help her mother care for Grandma. Heartbroken by her mental deterioration, she attempted to add some joy to Grandma’s life by taking her to a buffet restaurant. There, the only food Grandma recognized and selected was red Jell-O. Even so, the two were enjoying a pleasant lunch when suddenly Grandma jerked Terry under the table yelling, “Indians! We’ve gotta get out of here!”  Heading for “cover,” Grandma crawled on her hands and knees across the restaurant floor with her purse and skirt —and granddaughter on all fours—trailing behind her.


When they arrived at the front door the manager looked down and asked in disbelief, “Is everything all right ladies?” Grandma stood, brushed herself off and said, “Yes, now that you’re here Marshall Dillon.” By now her granddaughter was laughing so hard she couldn’t stand up! Grandma tugged her to her feet, brushed her off and pulled her toward the door saying, “Come on, Terry, we’ve got to get out of here—you’re embarrassing me!”

Instead of being sad and mortified, Terry embraced the moment and laughed — then Grandma laughed — and their joy connected them.

If there are too few laughing occasions during your days, create them. (Not necessarily by crawling on all fours in public!) As you care for someone, think back to what used to make them laugh. And what used to make you laugh?  Recall the favorite “I Love Lucy” episodes, knock-knock jokes, or funny family escapades and reintroduce them into your lives.

Remember, laugher soothes the soul and weary mind. It is, indeed, the best medicine.

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