Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Laugh

It was a loud, hearty Laugh. A Laugh that cut through the prattle of commuters gossiping about a mutual acquaintance. A Laugh that drowned the excited chatter of schoolgirls discussing the singer they had a crush on. A Laugh that filled the silence that hung between commuters- strangers, though they travelled together every day.

All eyes turned towards the source of the Laugh. She was on the mobile- oblivious to anything else. People stared at her, then glanced at each other nervously. They smiled. Strangers became friends.

She laughed on. Unaware of what she had done.

The power of Laughter.

The June Blackboard project - drabbles from A to Z, with a special bonus on Sundays- only at the Burrow.

A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Al said...

lovely drabble.


ritu said...

very nice n' true! gay carefree laughter can tug at our hearts in the same way as the merry chortles of lil'ones!

Mason Canyon said...

Laughter is the best medicine for whatever is bothering you. Enjoyed your Drabble.

Thoughts in Progress

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nothing like a good laugh.

Jan Morrison said...

oh Natasha, how I love your Drabbles...
by the way - why are they called 'Drabbles'? I think you told us once but now I can't remember. On my revision cheering squad ( a collage I made for over my computer) I have Margaret Drabble as one of the cheer leaders. I adore her. No connection, huh?

dipali said...

I loved this!

Deb and Barbara said...

I've never seen drabbles before -- I love it! And you've done a great job evoking the emotion of the moment and telling a full story ... in exactly 100 words. Amazing. Must try this sometime...


Anonymous said...

Wow - have you changed your layout? I like it!

I love this Drabble - so very true that laughter and kindness can get us a long long way in life.

RA said...

lovely and... reassuring. :)

Raquel Byrnes said...

That is such a great story...the woman laughing on her phone. So nice that you made me smile this morning. =)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We took our Singles group to a ball game last night and laughed so hard it hurt!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh, I love the joy in this drabble. It's amazing what laughter can do.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love it. You take a wonderful human trait and really examine it. Great job.


GutsyWriter said...

We need to hear more laughter and forget to participate. My son always makes me laugh. he loves comedy too.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Laughter really is the spice of life. Whenever I need a laugh I talk to my daughter. She's hilarious!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Al- thanks

@ Ritu - and nothing quite like either. Except, laughing with friends.

@ Mason - thanks. It is, isn't it?

@ Alex - totally agree

@ Jan - Hart will give you the whole story, but the short of it is that Monty Python used it in one of their sketches. Though, we cottoned onto it BEFORE we knew that.

@ Dipali - thank you

@ Barbara - Drabbles of all kinds if you follow the link on the post.
And you must try it sometime. They are awesome to do.

@ Fiona - I tried doing something else, and ended up with this. But I love it, so am keeping it.
And yes, laughter and kindness do make the world go round.

@ RA - thank you.

@ Raquel - if I could get you to smile, my day is made.

@ Diane - that must have been great fun!

@ Tricia - thank you

@ Clarissa - thank you. Means a lot coming from you.

@ Sonia - you are a good mom, if you brought up your son so he makes you laugh.

@ Stephanie - they are, aren't they? I spend all Saturday curled up in the bed with the kids, laughing. Of course, all they really need at this age to start laughing is a couple of words used in excess, but ....

Watery Tart said...

It's so true, isn't it--one person being awkward can bind everybody else. I love the power of observation you have.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thanks, Tami.
And isn't it incredible how sometimes all it takes is one person to change the atmosphere completely.


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