I Believe that a person’s laugh says it all.

Kendra - Canfield, Ohio
Entered on February 13, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that a person’s laugh says it all. No matter your age, gender, or race, laughing comes naturally. I try to think of a day where I have gone without laughing or hearing laughter around me. This task is nearly impossible because no matter what is going on in my life; laughter always seems to find its way to me. When I laugh, I’m showing my true self to those around me and not holding anything back. When I listen to a person’s laugh, I really hear much more than that. Through a laugh I can hear a person’s past and sorrows, but mainly I can hear his/her joy for living today. Each laugh is as unique as the person who speaks it. Each laugh can tell a story. Over the summer, when I was working as a waitress at a local restaurant, one man’s laugh had an especially large impact on me. When he arrived alone, I took him to his seat and asked if anyone else would be joining him. He smiled politely and replied, “Nope, just me today”. I didn’t think anything of it and went on with my usual business of getting him his food and drink. When I came back to check on how me was doing, the man got talking to me about his life and why he was there alone. It turned out his wife had died recently and this had been one of her favorite spots to come to. As he was telling me his story, he would let out small chuckles here and there when he remembered something about his wife and the good times they had shared. His laugh was filled with sorrow at first, but was immediately overcome by happiness when he remembered all the good times he had before. This man’s laugh is one I will never forget because it was not just a laugh, but a lesson that taught me to cherish every moment you spend with loved ones. I’ve come to realize that those who I laugh most around are the ones that I enjoy spending my time with most. Everywhere I go, I always seem to be laughing. From school, to home, to work, laughter surrounds me. I believe that throughout life, from when we are babies to adults, we come across many different types of people who each have very different laughs. I have learned that there are several distinct kinds of laughs that only certain people possess. Of these I have come across the snorters, who need air so badly that when they finally take in that big gasp, it results in a loud, obnoxious snort. Also, I have a friend who if you catch her mid-sip, reacts by squirting her drink out of her nose. Just the other day I was with a few of my friends at the gas station. We each decided to get a drink out of the manual machine. As I was filling my cup, I was talking and not paying attention to how full it had become. Suddenly, my drink was overflowing and next thing I know, my friend sees this and laughs so hard that her drink went straight up her nose! Each of these laughs are different but I think that no matter how, you can never go wrong with a good laugh. I feel E.E. Cummings says it best when he says, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”