We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

I don't know if I have ever shed tears of joy. I know that there have been a few movies and television shows that have moved me to tears when tragedy struck or when something extraordinarily beautiful and momentous happened, I suppose that those can be considered tears of joy. During the most joyous occasions of my life, I think that I was too busy being part of it that I didn't have time to have those tears, I was an active participant, not an observer.

I am usually moved towards tears of laughter, that is the more common source of my tears. I prefer it that way. I am not an attractive tear shedder, not like Demi Moore was in the movie Ghost, if I cried like that then perhaps I would let loose with the tears more often. When I cry, it is messy; my nose gets red and runs and my eyes get all swollen and stay that way for hours, it is so very not pretty and I feel tired and blah. I don't like it. When I cry from laughter, I feel lighter and happier, tired but only in the best of ways.

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