Tuesday, July 13, 2010

An Inappropriate Laugh

I was tired. I had a headache. It was bedtime, for the kids not me unfortunately. And Lucas was in rare form. Our new bedtime cleaning routine, which I will have to tell you about sometime, was working- barely. But then there was more whining and complaining, and Lucas' latest favorite gem of literally saying "wahh Wahh", charming indeed let me tell you.

We were slowly making it through the process and it was finally time for family prayer. It was Alex's turn, so I was helping her. I would say a line and she would repeat it.

Me: "Thank thee for our grandmas and grandpas"
Alex: "Thank thee for our grandmas and grandpas"
Me: "Help that we'll sleep good and wake up well rested."
Alex: "Help that we'll sleep good and wake up breakfast."

I paused... oh no it was coming.. I tried to hold it in, but that only makes it worse. It escaped. I laughed, well more like snorted and then laughed. I peaked open my eyes everyone was staring at me. I closed my eyes and tried to say something else. But well, as most of us have learned, holding in laughter, it just doesn't work, I snorted again. Soon tears were running down my face. Now both Alex and Lucas were laughing... Eric, he was just looking at me with that look. I hurried and helped Alex finish the prayer. Tears were straming down my face; I don't know if I was laughing or crying; hormones and sleep deprivation for two months does this too you.

But the whining, the screaming, the fights we were having before the prayer were soon forgotten. Well until we asked Lucas to brush his teeth.

Ahh, you gotta love nights like that. Have you ever laughed at a really inappropriate time?

21 comments:

  1. What a classic story! I like to think that one of God's greatest gifts to us as humans is laughter. I think He was probably chuckling at Alex's prayer, too.

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  2. Been there, done that! Audrey says hysterical things during prayers all the time, and I have a serious problem with the giggles.

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  3. Last night, I was helping Buster say the Lord's Prayer and when we got to "Hallowed by thy name", he said, "Hallowed be my dame." I couldn't help it, I had to laugh. It comes from the children's song, Baa Baa Black Sheep. He always gets the "dame" part correct.

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  4. I once started laughing when I was standing to give a prayer in Relief Society. Something just popped in my head that was said to me earlier, and I couldn't help myself!
    Come to think of it...I think I may have recently had a baby when that happened too.

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  5. The other day Melody prayed for her teacher because she said she wasn't feeling good...when I asked what part of her was hurt, Melody said, her bottom! I totally laughed then. Sometimes you just can't help it!

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  6. Hahahahaha! Sometimes you can't hold it in! Last night I was trying everything to get Lula Mae to eat her dinner. I finally told her if she made a happy plate she could have some ice cream... oh yes, I will bribe with anything to get her to eat! Well, she was still playing around and not really eating, singing very loud. So I said "Lula Mae I guess you don't want ice cream then". At that moment she she looked me in the eyes and said in the most serious voice "yes Mommy, I really do!" without taking her eyes off of me she began shoving her food in her mouth. I tried not to laugh... and then my tea began to come out of my nose.... so then I figured it was better just to laugh. Sometimes you need those moments to keep you sane!

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  7. That is hilarious! And yes, I have laughed at many inappropriate things! My biggest bad is when Ryan has done something he shouldn't and I am talking to him, ask him a question and his answer is just funny. What can you do.

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  8. Oh that is funny! Laughing during prayers is the hardest to keep in. And then you feel all guilty for laughing, but still good because it was a great laugh...

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  9. Emily, I pulled this one and the story before it off for the book. Great reading. You captured the experiences very well! XOXO

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  10. I am the worst at holding back laughs!

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  11. I have laughed while being assaulted; it saved my life. And of course sometimes during meal time and bedtime prayers too! How could your husband keep a straight face? That was funny!

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  12. I have laughed while being assaulted; it saved my life. And of course sometimes during meal time and bedtime prayers too! How could your husband keep a straight face? That was funny!

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  13. Too funny and I know that feeling all too well!

    One night Madeline blessed the food in her night prayer, so I told her we only say stuff about food at meal prayers. Then it was my turn to say the family prayer and in it I said, "Grateful we could have dinner with Mimi and Bapa" and Madeline screamed, "HEY, YOU SAID DINNER!!" Yeah, I lost it.

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  14. I'm a nervous laugher so it feels like I do this all the time.

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  15. Laughing at the wrong time is when I laugh the hardest. Its a gift. ;)

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  16. I most definitely have done that and you're right. It's impossible to stop!

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  17. The more inappropriate it is, the harder you will laugh. I bet you needed that laugh ... A LOT!! Good for you!!!

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  18. Too cute! I would have laughed too, kids really do just say funny things.

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  19. What a beautiful, sweet story. I would have giggled too, moments like that shouldn't be held in anyways ;)

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