What’s that sound?

This post is in response to a Weekly Writing Prompt at Studio30+, where you should be reading awesome writers every day. What are you waiting for?




Laughter can be the magical, musical sounds your kids make while playing at the park, carried by the breeze to your ears, confirming that everyone is having a good time, safe and happy.

Laughter can also be the sound of enjoyment as someone is reading, chuckling to themselves over a funny passage, or even the loud guffaws you might hear in a crowded theater while watching the latest comedy.

Laughter can also be muffled, derisive sounds from the group of cool kids when the nerd trips and falls, spilling a backpack full of books, or dropping a tray of food in the lunchroom.

Laughter could even be maniacal, creepy, aggressive, bursts of crazy coming from the madman or serial killer in the late night horror show on TV.

I’m intrigued by laughter in this regard, in the way a thing can take so many different shapes, have such vastly different meanings, and yet still be that thing. From one of the most beautiful sounds, genuine and heartfelt from a loved one, to one that strikes fear and uncertainty when delivered by an adversary or antagonist, it’s all still laughter.

I feel like I’m laughing a lot more these days, and it’s not necessarily because sometimes I feel like my job is driving me insane. I’m happier now than I’ve been in a really long time and I believe that’s a feeling here to stay. My daughter and I laughed together this morning at the coffee shop and it reminded me of this week’s prompt, and what a truly an uplifting feeling happiness is.

Are you listening for the laughter in your life? It’s there if you are willing to hear it.