so, this frog walks into a senior center…

If Priority Mail does its part, our mom will be opening the package containing the gloriously green frog hat featured here mid-morning Tuesday. Which gives her a full month of practice-wearing before Halloween.

My friend Tracy and I discovered it last week at a little all-things-Earth shop  in Olde Town Arvada. As the cashier rang up my purchase, she said something about “kids,” to which I responded that the one receiving this chapeau was 91. And yes, that would be the same woman who advised me endlessly, as I was growing up, not to waste money on useless things. But this is not useless. Already, it has made my sister Marilyn laugh out loud (I sent her a preview pic…I’m lousy at keeping surprises), as well as Kate and Lily via Skype.

These days, I’m taking healthy laughs wherever I can get them. My friend Sue, a chiropractor from Indiana, and I were discussing just last night how there’s a brittle edge to so many situations we’re encountering. While she and I see things differently from a political perspective, we vote unanimously that it’s time for the election battling to be gone. It’s hurting our souls and our spirits as a people.

Since I’m not about to wish away time, for the next 40-few days I’m planning to armor up:

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” ~Hugh Sidey

P.S.  If you’re interested in some clinical studies on humor and health, this one is worth reading:  http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?article=125

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