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.