Laughter

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” ― Audrey Hepburn

Last week was a challenging one; I suspect you know the kind. In the middle of it, though, I began to remember something about our friends in Kenya.

I can almost hear our friends’ laughter because I’ve laughed in Kenya. And, I can probably speak for a lot of others who’ve visited our friends there. I’ve had laughter rise from my stomach, through my throat and out my mouth. It is laughter that runs wild and free, as evidenced by my once spitting out soda when I laughed “just that hard”.

It is laughter that feels good too. Do you know the kind? The sort of laughter that heals a worried heart and reaches out to others in joyful connection; it is the sort of unstoppable laughter that gives one faith that tomorrow will be well, despite any logical ideas otherwise. Tomorrow will be alright.

I love that The Mama Ada Foundation gives a simple gift of tuition and seeds, and in so doing, brings light and hope and opportunity to students’ and farmers’ lives. But, I also love the laughter of our friends in Kenya. They have taught us how to rise above something that might bring confusion or hopelessness or even fear. We’ve seen our Kenyan friends stand firm in their laughter, firm in their love for one another, firm in their faith that tomorrow will come and the sun will rise again.

Even though I am a long ways from our Kenyan friends, I will reach into my memories of time with them and find laughter – to remember that laughter is a sublime gift, a gift of healing, a gift from loved friends who know so much about the real treasures of life, the ones that really, really matter when all is said and done in this life.

- Julie Keller