Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to Our Wonderful DWLA Readers

by Luanne


To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I wrote a brief post for another blog.  I want to share here the gist of it which is that one of the greatest blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and every other day of the year is the gift of laughter.

In that spirit, I am sharing a poem I wrote about the importance of laughter which was published in The Black Boot, Issue 8.

Laughing Babies


In seventh grade I was sent

to the principal’s office six times for laughing,

my giggles chronic hiccups

that rode the curb like a skateboard

until I wanted to bail from fear of the crash.

I held on, never jumped.  My girlfriends

and I were making fun for ourselves.


Have you heard the commercial

with the laughing baby?

Not a smiling infant, slippery pink gums

peeking from behind the O

of the open baby mouth,

not tentative giggles

searching out questions for the world.

But a big baby guffaw, a Mississippi of sound

catching me in the solar plexus

where my own laugh begins.


We’re hardwired for this hidden language,

more powerful than books

or paintings.

We laugh together

and at nothing at all.


In the spirit of laughter, here’s a website devoted to laughing babies:


and another:


And here’s one of the laughing baby videos from Youtube:


  1. Thanks so much for the gift of laughter, which has brightened my day from the get go. Happy Thanksgiving to Luanne, Marisha, and the rest of your family.

  2. LOVE! Happy Thanksgiving and hugs to you and your family!!

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