I came, I saw, I cracked up.

8 11 2004

If you know me at all, you know I love to laugh. In my world, all laughter is good. But there is a definite hierarchy of hilarity, and laughter shared with loved ones ranks among life’s chiefest pleasures.

My daughter Grace and I share some interesting familial traits. Our brains work the same way, and they often get us in trouble. We tend to latch onto the humorous aspect in any situation, magnify it, and before long we’re laughing hysterically, while other people scratch their heads in confusion. The failure of others to understand our mirth only serves to intensify it. This being the case, it’s not surprising that one of the most delightful aspects of our trip to Seattle was the time I spent laughing with Grace.

During our visit we sampled some of Seattle’s excellent restaurants. At one fine establishment, after the waiter refilled her water glass, Grace leaned forward and sipped the water without lifting the glass. “Next time I go on a date, I’m going to drink my water this way.” She made a show of deliberately placing both hands behind her back, stuck her face in her glass, and sipped the water until she could no longer reach it. Then she leaned further in, slurping noisily, and finally emerged with a wet nose.

I nodded my approval. “Great plan. When you bring a guy home to meet the family, we can all go through the ritual of placing our hands behind our backs and sticking our faces in our water glasses. Then we’ll see what he does . . . if he copies us to try to fit in, or lifts his glass the normal way.”

We chuckled as we imagined the scenario playing out. George mostly ignored us.

Another evening we went out to dinner with her friend Dustin. When the waiter refilled her glass, she glanced at me, stretched her hands out and then placed them behind her back. She stuck her face in the glass, sipping noisily. I laughed. Dustin, who knows her well, payed little attention, which made us both laugh harder.

Then Grace did a “magic trick.” She lifted her napkin so that it hid her water glass from Dustin’s view. With great flourish she said the magic words. “Veni vidi vici!” When she removed the napkin, the glass was gone.

Never mind that she kept glancing into her lap where she was trying to balance it. Never mind that we’d all seen her place it there in the first place. The trick was pathetic, but it was funny. “Grace,” I teased, “It’s not much of a trick if one of your hands is behind the napkin.”

Her big, blue eyes sparkled. “Okay, then. Watch THIS!” She held the napkin with both hands. “Veni, vidi, vici!”

After a brief glance at the glass and then her lap, she leaned forward behind the napkin, obviously trying to lift the glass with her teeth. I giggled. “There’s no way you’re going to be able to put it in your lap with your teeth. And why are you saying, ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’?”

She burst into laughter. “Is that what I was saying? Oh, man. You’re right. It just sounded like magic words to me.”

Before the evening was over, all four of us were placing our hands behind our backs and plunging our faces into our water glasses. We laughed at the spectacle we knew we must be making, but even more we laughed at the sheer delight of shared joy.

I treasure times like this with Grace. I love her smile, her dancing eyes, the musical sound of her laugh. Watching her merriment brings me as much pleasure as my own.

I suppose some people might be scandalized by our silly behavior in a nice restaurant. They might feel it’s not proper to stick one’s face in one’s water glass or to hide one’s water glass in one’s lap. It’s not decorous. These things are just not done.

I have only one thing to say about those people. They need to laugh more.

And now, friends, it’s past my bedtime, so I guess I’ll disappear. Good-night, sweet dreams, and . . . Veni, vidi, vici!


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16 responses

9 11 2004
flowerintherain

Ok, THAT is funny

THis made me roll laughing. I can just imagine. I may HAVE to copy this, But don’t worry, I wont take credit for it.

9 11 2004
flowerintherain

Ok, THAT is funny

THis made me roll laughing. I can just imagine. I may HAVE to copy this, But don’t worry, I wont take credit for it.

9 11 2004
traci37

if only

if grace was a man, i’d date her
perhaps marry her

9 11 2004
traci37

if only

if grace was a man, i’d date her
perhaps marry her

9 11 2004
Anonymous

grace rocks

I love this! I sent hubby to the link and he laughed at the thought of all that dribbling and drooling. Since we know you, we could picture it completely! Thanks so much for your voice! Thanks so much for your amazing writing. I’m so privileged to count you as a friend.

Hubby said this: “She needs to be writing for a sit-com” and I agree. Tell your agent to get on it right now! Run, don’t walk to Hollywood baby. The world needs your quirky, amazing voice!

9 11 2004
Anonymous

grace rocks

I love this! I sent hubby to the link and he laughed at the thought of all that dribbling and drooling. Since we know you, we could picture it completely! Thanks so much for your voice! Thanks so much for your amazing writing. I’m so privileged to count you as a friend.

Hubby said this: “She needs to be writing for a sit-com” and I agree. Tell your agent to get on it right now! Run, don’t walk to Hollywood baby. The world needs your quirky, amazing voice!

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: Ok, THAT is funny

Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed this story. I went to bed after I wrote it, and lay there laughing, because I was replaying the scene in my mind. I love memories that do that to me. I’m happy to know you could see it and laugh at it, too.

♥ EZ

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: Ok, THAT is funny

Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed this story. I went to bed after I wrote it, and lay there laughing, because I was replaying the scene in my mind. I love memories that do that to me. I’m happy to know you could see it and laugh at it, too.

♥ EZ

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: if only

I’m sure she’d be honored to know this, Traci. :o)

Your “worm walk” is a memory that makes me laugh, too. I’m glad I got to meet you, and I wish we could have spent more time with you and Steffy.

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: if only

I’m sure she’d be honored to know this, Traci. :o)

Your “worm walk” is a memory that makes me laugh, too. I’m glad I got to meet you, and I wish we could have spent more time with you and Steffy.

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: grace rocks

Wow, thanks! I can go on the strength of those compliments for at least 40 days and nights.

I’m guessing this is Mary, right? If so, I’m sure you have no problem imagining this scenario. I’ll pass your Hollywood recommendation on to my agent. No doubt she’ll jump right on it. (har.) Thanks for your friendship and enthusiastic confidence. It means a lot to me.

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: grace rocks

Wow, thanks! I can go on the strength of those compliments for at least 40 days and nights.

I’m guessing this is Mary, right? If so, I’m sure you have no problem imagining this scenario. I’ll pass your Hollywood recommendation on to my agent. No doubt she’ll jump right on it. (har.) Thanks for your friendship and enthusiastic confidence. It means a lot to me.

10 11 2004
Anonymous

Re: grace rocks

You pinned me, darling.

Do have lunch with your agent and don’t forget to mention that you are willing to settle for one million an episode. Hey, that’s what FRIENDS stars got, why not the writers?

Wish we could DO lunch, but alas, I’ll settle for lunch by proxy. I’ll be the one eating baguettes and stinky cheese while you slurp water and grin while it drips down your chin. (I pride myself that at least I am more sophisticated!! 🙂 )

relevantfriend

10 11 2004
Anonymous

Re: grace rocks

You pinned me, darling.

Do have lunch with your agent and don’t forget to mention that you are willing to settle for one million an episode. Hey, that’s what FRIENDS stars got, why not the writers?

Wish we could DO lunch, but alas, I’ll settle for lunch by proxy. I’ll be the one eating baguettes and stinky cheese while you slurp water and grin while it drips down your chin. (I pride myself that at least I am more sophisticated!! 🙂 )

relevantfriend

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: grace rocks

Pride yourself if you like, my dear, but it doesn’t take much to be more sophisticated than La Dorkette. ;o)

10 11 2004
jeannedamoff

Re: grace rocks

Pride yourself if you like, my dear, but it doesn’t take much to be more sophisticated than La Dorkette. ;o)

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