I was super excited to go into Eve and Vera’s preschool class for their Mother’s Day celebration. As most places do, the preschool had the kids answer certain questions, such as their mom’s favorite show, favorite food, favorite drink, and favorite thing to do together. It was my first opportunity to do something like that and I was looking forward to all the silly things the kids had to say about their moms. The teachers read the kids’ answers and the adults had to guess whose kid said what.
I had no idea what was coming.
“My mom is three years old. We love to watch the Curious George movie and play tag together!”
“That’s me!,” Vera shouted.
“My Mom’s favorite thing to eat is hot pizza (what!?) and…”
The teacher paused.
“Now, we asked this kid several times and we always got the same answer. So….”
Another brief pause as the teacher grinned and slyly looked up.
“She really likes moonshine to drink.”
WHAT!? I buried my face in my hands and laughed so hard I cried. I didn’t even hear the rest of the answers.
“That’s you, Mommy!” Vera was proudly trying to get my attention. All eyes, or at least all mom eyes, were on me. I found the situation to be just as hilarious as it was embarrassing.
Yes, apparently I am the moonshine mom.
The drink Vera was talking about is actually not moonshine at all, but Good Girl Moonshine, as coined by Trim Healthy Mama. It’s something I drink almost every day and is a rather innocent drink made with apple cider vinegar, ginger, and stevia leaf extract. ACV helps prevent your blood sugar from spiking, especially when consumed before a meal. Because elevated levels of insulin is linked with PCOS, which I have, I do what I can to keep my hormones in their happy place.
And yes, I share it with my kids. My girls like to take sips from my jar and since I find it rather funny to hear them ask for some of my moonshine, I’ve never corrected them or taught them to say Good Girl Moonshine. Their innocence is endearing to me.
I share this story because my heart was full of laughter for the rest of the day. As the evening unfolded and we went about our usual business, I would smile or crack up just thinking about it. When I went to bed, my heart was light. I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard or that much in a single day.
As I thought about that, I realized that the lack of laughter in our lives is a terrible thing. We may share a few friendly smiles with our friends, spouse, or coworkers; or smile as a way to encourage our kids; or even laugh for a few seconds when we find something amusing, but we don’t often laugh so hard that it changes our outlook on the day.
What a shame.
Imagine if we laughed regularly. Or even smiled. Maybe our bad days wouldn’t be so bad. Maybe our souls would be more nourished.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
I was already having a good day. The girls and I put on dresses and painted our nails. I was celebrating the fact that I get to be their momma. Yet, one bout of intense laughter transformed my day. Something that was already good turned into something wonderful.
I decided right then and there that I am going to smile more. I am not going to hold back the laughter. How I live this life matters, and I need to put just as much effort into nourishing my soul as I do into nourishing my body. Starting today, I am going to ensure that I have smile lines etched deeply on my face someday.
I choose to be joyful.
When was the last time you laughed hard?