As the saying goes—-laughter can soothe the soul.

I spent the afternoon hanging out with a friend of mine. Girl time is an amazing thing! We went to the farmer’s market—-the health food store—-shared some girl talk—-and decided to stop to investigate her husband’s progress—- as today—-he was working on a property they are in the process of preparing to build a house on. The shop construction is already completed. We fondly refer to this structure as the “Taj Mahal”—-why you ask?  It is every man’s dream shop. With four fully equipped, oversized overhead doors—-professionally landscaped —-and architecturally Illuminated at night. It would make any man’s eyes sparkle.  The shop is enormous.

Let’s get back to the property. This property happens to be right behind their current home. (This will be a necessary piece of information later in this post)

We pulled into the drive—-jumped in the yard vehicle —- and drove across the back yard onto the vacant property. We popped through the bushes—-finding her husband and his crew of workers trimming trees—-pulling weeds—-picking up dead branches and leaves—-basically typical yard work. This property is located in the country. Affording them the advantage of creating a huge fire pit to burn all of their collections. They were taking advantage of this privilege with a flame streaming sky high—-it was a man size flame. My friend and I were wishing we had marshmallows!

It was early evening by the time we departed from observing the men in their element. We forged back to the house to make dinner. Girl talk resumed while the television created back drop noise a we prepared dinner.  The time progressed—-her husband walked into the house, took a shower and retreated to his comfy, man chair in front of the television.

I’ve had the opportunity to sit in his chair. It’s beyond the description of comfortable—-wrapping around you in sheer cushioned comfort. It’s a chair easily ripping any stress out of the body and creating complete tranquility. Exactly the state of mind her husband was in—-relaxing—-eyes focused on the television.

My friend was around the corner, down the hall. I was sitting on the sofa, positioned on the wall behind the man chair—-placing me directly next to the picture window. With the wooden blinds closed, the road in the front remained visible from my viewpoint—-not from the man chair.

Without warning—-a familiar sound bellowed into the room—-”Beloop”. I looked up to see flashing lights wheel past the window on the road. My first thought—-an ambulance?

As I remained focused on the lights, I concluded the vehicle was too long to be an ambulance. Wait a second—-it was a fire truck. WHAT? A FIRETRUCK?! My brain finally connecting to my mouth as I choked out, “that was a FIRETRUCK!”

The sentence barely left my mouth as my friend bolted around the corner. “YOUR FIRE PIT!” Her voice in sheer panic. “The Taj Mahal!”, she yelled.

Please allow me to digress a moment—-There are moments in time happening so incredibly fast—-it is impossible to catch them on camera be it video or still shot. However, once those moments pass, you realize you missed out on the video propelling you to the morning talk show circuit for having the most recent comical posting to have gone viral with millions of viewings. This was one of those very special moments.

Let’s get back to my friend appearing around the corner. Upon the exclamation reminder of the fire—-her husband, still in his chair—-grabbing an armrest sternly with each hand—-as he white knuckled the arm rests—-his eyes popped open with sheer panic—-his face over powered by excitement like the staff of Ellen startled while going through a haunted house. He propelled himself out of the chair running for his shoes on the tile floor directly by the bar stools. He approached the shoes with one foot forward ready to slam each one on and run out the door. His hand already on the back of a bar stool for balance.

My friend and I stood watching him—-his foot touched the shoe —- it slid forward on the floor —- his body recreating the infamous Charlie Brown rotation as the football was pulled away. Time stood still.  We were watching a slow motion video—-his body flew backwards—-his feet elevated above his head—-his hand remained clutched to the bar stool—-both the bar stool and her husband flipped —- landing on the floor parallel.  His feet dangling above his head. The expression on his face one of pure bewilderment.

The three of us stood in silence for a second —-then out the door we bolted to check on the fire pit and Taj Mahal. I hit the door first—-as I passed through the door and began my walk across the backyard—-all was dark—-no flames remotely visible—-the beautiful landscaping illuminated by the strategically placed sconce lighting in the distance. Relief set in.

“That must have been pretty funny to watch!”, her husband comically stated as he jumped into the yard vehicle.  He was right. My friend and I walked across the yard towards the “Taj Mahal”.

Now that all detrimental thoughts of raging fires had been extinguished—-we were left to replay the event without panic—-immediately hysterical laughter consumed us. The laughter so intense —- walking was a challenge. As we caught our breath her husband’s voice sped through the darkness. “I can hear you laughing!”, he chimed. We instantly burst harder into laughter.

With everything under control and normal—-the three of us stood in the cool night air in full on belly laughter. The kind that shakes your soul, moving through your body like chocolate spreading happiness all the way from your toes up to your cheeks!  It was an incredible moment. Rare in form —-always welcomed—-always therapeutic.

To laugh at oneself is a very special gift to have. Her husband —-a strong man’s man—-rugged with a stern poker face—-laughed with us. He is a very special man deep into his core.

Life gives us special moments without warning. It is up to us to take a moment to embrace them. When you are handed lemons—-make lemonade. When thrown into a pile of manure—-look for the pony that created the pile. Always remember to seize the moment—-laugh from the core when life throws humor into the mix.

Where was the emergency? That remains a mystery.