Tonight at dinner, our six-year-old William made a small, silly joke. It wasn’t a particularly funny joke. In fact, it really didn’t make any sense at all.
But apparently he tickled his own funnybone something fierce. Next thing we knew, our earnest, often very serious son was chuckling…and then giggling…and then out-and-out guffawing. Holding his belly, his head rolling back and forth and his cheeks pink, he was so cute and so endearing his laugh became contagious. Jon and I started laughing, too. The harder we laughed, the harder he laughed. Soon we were all wiping tears from our cheeks.
How could something so simple be so hilarious? No sarcasm, no potty humor, no sexual innuendo. All it took to give us the laugh of the year was our son’s sincere delight.
These are the unexpected joys of motherhood–the ones that creep out of nowhere and surprise you with laughter and pride and an indescribable type of happiness that isn’t easily quantifiable but is still very, very real.
What was your happiest mom moment this week?