Friday Photos: Irresistibly Contagious


“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”—Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

My son Josh is the one dressed in black. His feet are off the ground and his hair is red.

This photo was taken on Thursday night at the high school.

Each year during Winter Carnival week, there is a Lip Synch competition. Each class develops a theme, finds songs that highlight that theme, then they tell a story through song and dance. It is a huge hit with the community and sells out every year.

The big surprise of this year was my son.

The town had the chance to see what our family, his many friends, and favorite teachers have known all along: Josh is a BIG personality. He is hilariously funny. He is an excellent dancer. He possesses a razor-sharp wit.  He can do dead-on impressions.

Despite all this, he is definitely not one to seek the spotlight. He is quite content to observe (that is what makes him a good writer) and he only talks when he has something to say.

His hilarious, energetic, and entertaining performance caused people to laugh until they cried and received sustained applause. Several people  stopped Doug and I after the show to say, “Where did that come from?” and “We never knew he had that in him!”

To be able to give the irresistibly contagious gift of laughter to people in this sometimes hard and difficult world is a beautiful thing.

All this to say, people are fascinating. There is always more to discover about those dear ones who populate our lives.  We can never think that we  know the whole story. There are always more treasures to be unearthed.

Today, open yourselves up to the possibility that your loved ones  still possess the ability to delightfully surprise you.

Revel in the discovery.

Enjoy them.

Realize that they are one-of-kind, never-to-be-repeated miracle.

Then thank God for placing them in your life.

(P.S. You can read about our first Lip Synch experience here).

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