Laughter is the best medicine … at least that’s how the saying goes. It doesn’t take much to find humor in life. Take for example the giraffe, with its crazy neck – sure it makes eating leaves from tall trees easy, but it’s still funny looking. Or the blue-footed booby that lives in the Galapagos Islands whose feet are the right color to hide from predators under the water.
In Missouri, the town of Uranus has embraced its name and capitalized on the humor of it. A gift shop sells fudge – packed in Uranus – and t-shirts touting how much fun it is to play in Uranus, and many more.
Just up the road from Uranus on Route 66 is the town of Bourbon, Missouri. A quick glance up at the town’s water tower will leave you wondering if it’s actually full of water.
Today is Groundhog Day. My dad was born and raised in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the Groundhog. It’s an extra reason to celebrate this day despite the fact that Greg works for the National Weather Service and likes to mock sneer at the prognosticating rodent. I counter with silly groundhog lore and remind him when we went to visit my dad’s hometown, we got a chance to glimpse the town’s most famous resident.
I have long professed to choose happiness. Laughter is a piece of that choice and I revel in joy. I am grateful for laughter to the point of tears and aching cheeks.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Find a reason to laugh!
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