Laughter Heals

Hopskotch #3 by Lydia Selk

Hopskotch #3 by Lydia Selk

Connie’s friend, ‘Laurie’, had lost her husband to cancer and Connie was doing all she could to help. Some time had passed, and the opportunity to attend a Christian women’s conference presented itself. Hoping it would help Laurie get back into life, Connie invited her to attend, and much to her delight, Laurie agreed.

The two attended the conference with yet another friend, ‘Marie’ and the three women ended up in a huge auditorium with thousands of other women. The crowd was enthusiastic, the speakers were inspiring, and the music was uplifting. All seemed to be going well, until the point when the lights dimmed and a certain song was played and sung.

That’s when Connie looked over at Laurie and saw she was sobbing uncontrollably. Both Marie and Connie frantically asked Laurie what was wrong, and through her sobs, Laurie managed to convey that the song reminded her of her deceased husband. Connie and Marie did their best to console the Laurie, one of them taking a handkerchief out of her purse and handed it to her.

But Laurie kept crying as the song continued, all the while wiping her face with the borrowed handkerchief. When it was finally over and the lights came back up, Connie looked over at Laurie and even though she was painfully aware of Laurie’s grief-stricken state, she couldn’t help but break into hysterical laughter. At this, Marie looked over and suddenly did the same. Grabbing Laurie her by her arms, they made a hasty retreat to the ladies’ restroom.

When they got there, Laurie looked in the mirror to see that her entire face from forehead to chin was covered in blue ink. Apparently, an ink pen had leaked onto the handkerchief, and she had unknowingly rubbed it all over her face. Seeing this, she began to laugh, too.

The three spent the next thirty minutes scrubbing at Laurie’s face to remove the blue ink, and laughing so hard that there were more tears all around, but of a different kind this time.

And so it was that the healing process began, all because of a leaky ink pen.

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