"It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them."- Agatha Christie, author (15 Sep 1890-1976).
Oh, yes, there is something about love that surges to the surface when people let down their masks, become true, and even silly. I wonder why we don't do it more often? Sometimes we don't do it on purpose, don't even realize our clownish actions. Yet there is something sweet, something humble about being a fool. I've heard people say, "He was a fool for God" and I get that. Although there are many examples, I think of the doctor Patch Adams, who does what it takes to bring laughter and lightness to a children's cancer ward. His thoughts are not of his own persona, but rather focused on the patients. If we do let down our walls, it is usually with the young. They laugh and appreciate our antics (usually). The laughter of my great nieces still resonates in my memories of a summer day, as they soaked my brother, their grandfather, with the cold water from our WV creek and he made the appropriate and ridiculous loud noises. The giggles and guffaws of love. - Beth Almond Ford