Another friend tells how her two-year-old had managed to unwrap a feminine sanitary pad that had been placed in her purse and then when she (Mom) got ready to pay for her purchases, pulled out her wallet….. with a pad stuck to it and other receipts that once had been loose in her purse!
The funniest, in my opinion, however, is the story of the child who while waiting on his momma to get out of the shower, opened a box of feminine products, tore the sticky paper off every single pad in the box and pasted them on the wall, like a train, from the bathroom to the living room! (The up side to this one is, it wasn't in public!)
One of my own children made an observation in a grocery store about a woman who had particularly large breasts. My little one, who knew that body part as “breasts” looked at me and very seriously commented, “She really has big breasts.” I was mortified that she’d voiced it loud enough for the woman to hear! She wasn’t being a smart aleck, she was just making an observation, especially given that her own momma, just didn’t look like that! The woman nearly came unglued and attacked my performance as a mother! She told me, in no uncertain terms, I needed to teach my daughter some manners!
While children have the knack for saying the wrong things, at the wrong time, to the wrong people, adults can do the same thing. Our words get mixed up, and then we get flustered, immediately overheat, sending our sweat glands into overtime and we still can’t seem to clarify what we really wanted to say!
We are human and sometimes forget that we need to be able to laugh at ourselves. Sure, at that moment, it is mortifying to live through, but we all do! It’s actually considered “therapeutic” to be able to keep a sense of humor, despite our circumstances. Statistics show when you are able to keep perspective and laugh at your own mistakes, it can improve your mood, demonstrate a positive attitude and good sense of humor! There are even studies that suggest that there is growth in personal strength and spirit, due to laughter. Additionally, laughter aids in forgiveness of yourself and enables the act of forgiveness in others.1
So I challenge you to reflect on the last time you were embarrassed by your child, sibling, spouse, friend or even yourself. How did you handle it? Would you be willing to share? We’d love to hear your story! Might laughter really be “the best medicine?”