Legacy of laughter

May 24, 2017

I love that clown, don’t you?

When I think of my friend, Elaine, I think about her smile. Well, really, her grin. She’s a humor writer and looks at everything through that lens. Like a clown. Only better. And so when I look at her, I note her cute grin and how upbeat she is. And also how she always travels with finger puppets. I have one of them. Maybe two. I like to play with them. They make me laugh.

Turns out, her kids have inherited this jester’s persona. And so today, I’m sharing one of my favorite of her posts about leaving a legacy of laughter. If you’re a parent, I’ll bet you can relate. If you aren’t, I’ll bet you can still relate.

Read on, as she tells you all about it:

I made it to my 60s without irritating too many people, and now it’s time to consider what legacy, if any, will remain after I die.

Any leftover money should be spent on a lavish farewell wake and community party. My adult children won’t be inheriting stock portfolios or trunks full of gold. By not having those assets, I’ve saved my heirs from dealing with multiple accountants, estate lawyers, tax attorneys and nefarious scoundrels who will take every dime they inherit. My kids do, however, have a chance to own my treasured collection of wine corks from around the world and several baskets of finger puppets. I hope they won’t fight over them.

My kids already have the best gift I could share: a sense of humor. In a wicked world spewing toxic drama and trauma, they possess the ability to laugh in the face of chaos and READ MORE HERE.


19 comments on “Legacy of laughter
  1. Thanks, Carol, for posting my blog post. I should be in France with you so we can share some laughs. And yes, that is my real nose.

  2. There is nothing more powerful than laughter. That is one big grin, for sure!

  3. Jeni says:

    What a fun post! Laughter is needed in everyone’s life everyday. The red nose is cute too!

  4. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    What a powerful post! Laughter truly is the best medicine! I use humour when I’m sad, scared or trying to cheer someone up! I love that my kids get my sense of humour and use it on me sometimes too!

  5. Joely Smith says:

    I love this post!! I agree so much with her on not leaving a legacy of trouble for her kids. Everyone can work for their own income what is a better legacy is common sense, KINDNESS and a great sense of humor! I just love this lady!

  6. Claudia Krusch says:

    Laughter is such a powerful tool. This is a fantastic post. That is a beautiful smile.

  7. Dogvills says:

    I love this post! Indeed, laughter is the best medicine and I’m still smiling as I write this comment.Thanks for the laugh.

  8. Victoria Heckstall says:

    Laughing is an essential part of life. In my opinion, laughter is the clearest and most vibrant representation of happiness in life. It is an outward expression of pure joy. I try to laugh every day to remind me not to take life too seriously. Nice post anyway!

  9. Karlyn Cruz says:

    Laughter not only provides a full-scale workout for your muscles, it unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphin.

  10. ricci says:

    Laughter is most definitely the best medicine!! What a great post!!

  11. That picture will haunt my dreams! LOL

    I love the idea of a big old community farewell party when I go, I don’t want people crying and staring at me, I would prefer they share some great wine and tell stories about we all met instead!

    I have no children, so no one will inherit my great collection of Wine Corks! LOL

  12. Amanda says:

    I just love this post. There are so many things that I wish for my kids, and teaching them a love of life and laughter is definitely one of the top ones!

  13. Michelle Waller says:

    Laughter is the key to being happy! I just love this post. Laughing daily is needed to keep yourself happy.

  14. Lynndee says:

    Laughter is good for the heart and good for the soul.:) I’ve been told many times that I have a good sense of humor. And I think my son got it too.

  15. Gabriel Bregg says:

    Having the ability to laugh at the world, and most importantly, themselves, is one of the biggest things I want to instill in my kids. The world needs a lot more laughing and a lot less self importance.

  16. Mimi Green says:

    Laughter is so good for the soul. We teach our kids to laugh as often as possible.

  17. Jenny says:

    Laughter is essential for a happy life. However, the clowns crazy eyes make the entire photo scary lol but the smile is perfect!

  18. Laughter is definitely the best cure! My husband thinks he is a comedian at times too ha ha but I love it, he always makes me laugh especially when I am down and depressed.

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