Baby Step #1 Laugh at yourself

A few days ago, my wife and I were having one of our ‘serious discussions.’ I’ve already forgotten what it was all about but—at the time—it felt Earth-shatteringly important. As in our LIVES—and the FATE OF THIS PLANET—depend on settling this RIGHT NOW!

Of course, Naomi was watching us with great interest. As I was building up to my key point and the crowning glory of my argument, she looked at me and burst out laughing. If you don’t know what a 5-month-old baby laugh sounds like, it’s literally ‘Heh-Heh-Heh!’

Yes, painfully cute — it stopped me mid-rant.

Of course, I couldn’t help but smile back. Then, concerned that my wife wouldn’t take my point seriously if I appeared too distractible, I went right back to my serious-toned discussion.

“HEH-HEH-HEH!” went Naomi, this time giving me the full-dimple treatment. She looked like a laughing Buddha.

I not only shut up, I cracked up. It wasn’t a question of deciding anything. She’d gotten to me. I was done.

There is a proverb:  “Man plans. God laughs.”

My nursery rhyme version of this: “Parents bicker. Baby snickers.”

Laughter is a kind of wisdom, and babies have a way of showing by doing.

Thus, my Baby Step #1:

Laugh more, especially at myself.

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5 responses to “Baby Step #1 Laugh at yourself

  1. We’ll be joining in over here! Your first two baby steps are great….love the “Parents bicker, baby snickers”! Enjoy your journey. My baby blog is more to help those out of the area see Mr. B…yours has a more global appeal. Awesome.

  2. Max

    Awesome, awesomeness!
    It’s so hard to look at anything for the first time. Thanks for the baby step Naomi and David. Keep laughing!

  3. Jarrett Gchat-a-master-is-I

    Man, plans; God Laughs indeed. Could not agree more that laughter is wisdom.

  4. Feuer

    This blog is DEFINITELY going in my Favorites!

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