Today I'm thankful for laughter. I will be honest and say that I don't laugh nearly as much as I ought to. I'm often more stressed out than I should be, easily irritated, too quick to ask wild kids to be quiet instead of join in their merriment. The last few days we have laughed together more than we usually do and it feels so good. Last night Erik was reading the story of Johnny Appleseed to the kids and somehow he made it even "taller" than it is. Then he read a Curious George book to Pearl and rearranged the story in such a way that all the kids were in hysterics. Today there was more laughter and tonight Erik and I were in fits over something silly. It's good to loosen up, to let go of the stress, and to laugh together.