As is often the case, we spent a lot of time laughing and telling stories from years past, including all of the stuff we used to do as kids and teenagers that now make for hilarious tales to tell our girlfriends/boyfriends/spouses that obviously weren't there at the time. Not only are they fun ways to rag on each other, including starting a story with the phrase, "So, here's what happened. This asshole..." and everyone laughs, but our kids get to hear some of the history of their family. When my dad and his brother were telling stories of going into these same mountains with their mom, someone who passed away when I was barely potty trained, I get to learn more about her and how she took care of her kids. My grandmother liked to camp by the lake. I wouldn't have known that without hearing those stories.
Some stories are just fun to tell, and bring everyone together by laughing at ourselves and each other. My cousin and I spent a good chunk of this weekend laughing about the time that he made me swim halfway across the river when we were teenagers. This was my "so here's what this asshole did..." story, and his girlfriend laughed with the rest of us as we all chuckled about it. Almost all of the reunions have been on the water, which means we've spent a lot of time of watercraft. My cousin was driving a Sea-Doo down the river pulling a tube behind him, where I was riding. Sure enough, I fell out, but he didn't realize it. Again, we're in the middle of a river, and he just left me in the water as he rode all the way to shore. Middle of the river! I make it back to the beach, sucking wind and absolutely exhausted, and when I made it back to the campsite he just looked at me and said, "Where have you been?" Apparently when he got to shore and didn't see me he assumed I had gone up ahead of him while he was securing the Sea-Doo on the beach.
He and I can laugh about it roughly 20 years later, but I was not laughing then. He is still lucky he didn't die that day.
I imagine reading that story made you think about something hilarious that happened with your own family, or even your family of friends. When was the last time you told it? Do you kids know those stories? Would it be fun to laugh about it all over again?
Share your stories. Write them down. Those stories are your life. Embrace it.
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