All my son wanted for Christmas was a laptop, preferably with a webcam. I hunted for weeks for an affordable one, unable to find anything within my Christmas budget. That is, until two days before Christmas when I heard of a sale that was two bridges, a tunnel and an hour away. I was so there. And I scored!
Within hours of opening his gift he was connecting to his buddies on Skype. I was excited to see his old school friend who moved to California right there in living color, wishing me and everyone else a Merry Christmas. This was indeed a wonderful way for my son to keep in touch with his friend who now lives across the country.
Also connected in were a few of his local friends, allowing everyone to have a “video reunion,” so to speak.
Throughout the next few days I would see him “Skyping” with his friends, often wearing different hats, using props and anything else to keep things funny and fresh. This leads me to what I consider the highlight of my entire Christmas weekend.
I opened my son’s door to tell him it was dinner time. To my great surprise I was greeted with what could have been a scene directly out of Twin Peaks. There was the laptop, open at the edge of his bed and facing forward. On the other side of the bed was my son, sitting behind a deer head that had been “gifted” to my oldest boy a year before. He was chatting with his buddies as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Just ignore the huge deer head I’m sitting on, right?
Picture the view from Skype’s end.
It was at that moment that I completely bust a gut. I laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my face. I finally plopped down on the floor in order to regain my composure – oh, and my breath. Because breathing can be a good thing.
Uncontrollable laughter cures all ills. It washes away stress and fills you with a giddiness that can’t be found elsewhere. When was the last time you got to laugh this hard, and what were you laughing at?