Sunday, March 15, 2009

LAUGHING IN THE CARD SHOP

Years and years and years ago Mom and I stood at the card display at ZCMI. We laughed so hard we had to lean on each other to keep from falling over. People coming down the escalator from the second floor didn't know what to make of us. Some smiled and some looked away, maybe they were embarrassed to see two grown women being so silly. I secretly think they might have been a teeny bit jealous that we were such good friends and were having such a good time with each other.

I have looked back on that day time and time again, feeling happy I had that funny time with my mom and then sad that I would never have another one.

Today was a tender mercy day for me. Pam and I had gone to the mall to buy a gift for a friend's birthday. Then we needed a card. We found beautiful, sentimental ones. I bawled, and told her about my difficult week. She sympathized and said, "There, there."

I wiped my tears and we found the "other" section. Soon we smiled. The smiles turned into grins and then into laughter and then...well, it was like time had backtracked. I felt like Mom was there, leaning over our shoulders, laughing with us. We read card after card, some so silly they made no sense and yet were hilarious.
I thought I would remember the caption on this one but can't. Isn't he something? The fun must never stop for him.
This is a perfect visual of my life. I should have bought it and framed it. It's funny, isn't it? You have to laugh when your life's like this. Pam, laughing at yet another funny card. A friend who is willing to be there for me in good and bad times. What would I do without her?And Mom? I know she was there, I just know it. I'm so glad she got to see that the laughter in the card section is alive and well.

13 comments:

Pam's Place said...

That really was fun today, Lynne, but who is that lady in the last picture with the three chins?

Michael Rawluk said...

It looks like a great day.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Martha and I will do that... And I so love that first card... oh to laugh till you cry or cant stand or when your ribs hurt the next day oh thoase are good laughs... I hope you snort today :)!

Colette Amelia said...

Oh those card sections are dangerous...it seems they will either bring you to lunacy or to tears.

I am glad you had a good laugh with a good friend.

Jessica said...

What a wonderful post. I am glad you had such a special day and I believe your mama was there, too, probably laughing her guts out as well. Spirits have guts, right?

whirligigdaisy said...

Oh, that is precious. I still remember looking at the cards at Smiths with you two years ago at the writing conference. Good times. I'm glad you had this special, fun thing. And now I want to hear about your hard, hard week. Email me.

hillary said...

Hey- now you have 18 followers. And already 6 comments on this post. I almost didn't comment just to teach you a lesson. Being so popular. The nerve.

I know why your week was a little crummy but why else. Is it because yfc lives all the way in Santaquin? I thought so. Mom, I love you more than frosting. I really do.

Shawn said...

Hope your month gets better...

So glad that we can laugh once in a while---it keeps the tears at bay, sometimes.

What a wonderful story about your Mom---it made me smile.

Annette said...

So sorry you had a crummy week, and so glad you have a good friend like Pam (I'm glad I do, too), and thank you for making me laugh!

T and S said...

This post of your is a mixture of emotions. The mood swings you have described are so real. Enjoyed reading the post and ofcourse the cards.

Thanks for sharing

Karen Deborah said...

love it! Ya'll got a cute card shop. Recently a friend had a birthday and one of the couples gave him a card that said, Happy Birthday from your cute and intelligent friends, I am both cute and intelligent; he just signs whatever I tell him too.

anyway I laughed. I would frame the snort card. I would buy the snort card. where were you shopping?

Bonnie said...

I love reading funny cards. My favorite had a picture of a lady looking like she is going crazy over chocolate on the front, and on the inside was this message: "If the good Lord doesn't want us to eat chocolate, why does He allow it to be so close to the check-stands?"

SuperCoolMom said...

So funny! My sisters and I went to lunch on Valentine's Day and laughed until we cried over some of those cards!