The Unexpected Surprise

Another Adventure with Larry


My husband Larry and I were hiking in Olympic National Park a few years ago and having to use the restroom, I went ahead through a circular tunnel leaving my 6’2” husband behind. While in the tunnel, I got the idea to hide at the end and jump out and scare him. It would be revenge for throwing my pillow down the hall in the middle of the night or filling my pillow case with shoes. I hid myself among the rocks and waited for the sound of heavy shoes. In my mind, I timed it perfectly, 5,4, 3, 2, 1. “BOO” But instead of being Larry, it was a 6’5” Englishman yelling, BLOODY HELL at the top of his lungs. “I’m so sorry,” I said, “I thought you were my husband.” which gave him no comfort. But I still had time to hid my almost 5′ frame in the rocks and scare Larry. Now, I don’t recommend scaring Englishmen, but I do recommend more laughter in our lives. Children laugh on an average of 300 times a day whereas we laugh a dismal 17 times a day as stated in “The Science of Laughter” Discovery Magazine. What has happened to our childlike spirit and to our smile? We are robbed of our joy by worry when studies show that 85% of what we worry about never happens and if it does, we find we have the coping skills to deal with it—as stated in a University of Minnesota research study. My advice to you as the days grow longer and Spring opens up its wings to us, is take time to create joy in your life. “Laughter is good medicine.”

Olympic National Park

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