“I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.”
― Cat Stevens.
There is little doubt there are some of us who spend our lives 'looking back' - I write stories based on my memories, I help folks collect stories from their pasts, I work in a plantation home and tell the tales of long gone people. Laughter defines, laughter helps one cope, laughing moments make a day precious. My mother loved to laugh, enjoyed puns and knock-knock jokes. Our's was a house of laughing. But as I realized this was her birthday (they do creep up on us, don't they....those days that take us back...), I see her laughing and merry - and that image brings tears. - Beth Almond Ford