For The Laughers

On a day when our country is mourning, and I decide to avoid social media as much as I can, I started thinking about things that make me happy, smile, and laugh. Because it seems like more and more often lately we need to be reminded of those things so we can see through the tough days when some things don’t make sense.

So, it’s Monday. It was really sunny this morning, but now things look gray, cold, windy. I spent the weekend celebrating two derby friends at their wedding, extending the fun by spending the night in a friend’s cabin by the water. I had an amazing shoot on Friday night, met my deadline, and headed towards the mountains for a little fun and time away from technology and responsibility. This weekend had all the right pieces of being mostly perfect. But then news about a terrible tragedy in our country and I find myself sad, unsure of what to do, confused by another senseless act.

I think a little time with the laughers in my life is probably what I need right now.

The laughers in my life are not only those who laugh, but the ones I know can also make me laugh, smile, and often forget about other things. Even if just for a little while. I realize I have a lot of laughers in my life, which makes me a lucky human. I know my niece and nephew are high on this list. Something about hanging out with a 4 year old that can help you forget about adult stuff and just be in the moment of whatever make believe, playground scheme, hula hoop, snack time, hungry hungry hippos silliness is happening. When I spend time with my niece it is an all consuming event because there are games to make up and stories to hear and reasons to stop suddenly and pick things up off the ground. There is no time for email checking and bill paying and reading articles about people hurting each other.

And sometimes I really need that break from adult stuff to remember about fun and happy stuff.

I want to share some images of Button on her 4th Birthday this past month. Her brother (Monkey) got her a microphone stand that lights up and assists in other various musical creating adventures. The images from that day still make me smile. Her reaction, her looking so comfortable with a microphone and an instrument, her day with family around and maybe a little too much sugar from cake…

It looked a little like this:

this one might be my favorite.

Important to have your microphone with you while waiting for cake. You never know when a song may come to you.

Also important to wear the community birthday glasses so people know it’s YOUR birthday.

This is 4. And my new favorite shot of their family.

So, find your laughers. Make time for them. Hopefully it will help during these times that challenge and confuse and hurt us…

Looks like the sun might be trying to come out again. Well timed.

xo ~ jb

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