The Power of Laughter

My father was a great believer in the power of laughter and he really knew how to laugh and see the fun side of life. He lived to the fine age of  ninety-one and was well able to laugh right up to the end.

Yesterday, I was out at Woodstown Beach which is near Waterford City and  one of the places he often brought us as kids. It was sparkling in the sunshine and reminded me very much of the days we used to go there.

Woodstown Beach, Co. Waterford

I dropped into the Saratoga Bar, which is beautifully located with great views of the beach, and couldn’t but smile and think of Father when I saw this stone sign hanging on the wall just over the entrance to the kitchen area:

Father made a very conscious effort to surround himself with humour both in the form of people with whom he could share a laugh and books and clippings of humour of all descriptions.  He kept scrapbooks for many years during the 1940s and 1950s. These are huge tomes  in which he  pulled together cuttings relating to local, national and international news which were of particular interest to him. Obviously, much of the material is of a serious nature but there is hardly a page that doesn’t have piece of humour of some description. Leafing through the scrapbooks today,  the first page I opened had this cartoon which is so typical!

Father had a huge interest in sport and this is reflected in the scrapbooks.  Here is a cartoon from the mid-1950s relating to the great Roger Bannister who was the first man in history to run the mile in under 4 minutes. Only this week he was carrying the Olympic Torch ahead of the London Olympics due to start next week:

I have no doubt whatever that Father would be in full agreement with Christina Rossetti’s sentiments:

Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad.

In fact, I think he would use the word laugh rather than smile!

All  this has made me think that we could proabably all do well to make sure that laughter is built into our lives and given the high priority that it undoubtedly deserves.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

2 thoughts on “The Power of Laughter”

  1. Jean, your father has left you such a priceless gift! How blessed you are! My father has a quirky sense of humor and my children and I call his jokes “Grandpa jokes”. They tend to be word play and puns and he always credits his mother, my nonna, with inspiring it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: