Now that I have been putting so many of my memories to writing, I sometimes get the feeling that people are expecting me to be funny. I really appreciate humor and wit. I look for them, and I laugh a lot–hence the name Laugh With Us Blog. In a crowd, however, I am not usually the one telling funny stories. I am the one laughing at other people’s stories. Or I may be the one embarrassing myself some way and thus creating stories that I can tell later to my trusted friends–or now (gasp) to anyone who is interested enough to take the time to read about them. I am not the clown; I am the klutz. So am I funny? No, I think most of my acquaintances would consider me to be quiet. And my close friends? . . . . I don’t know if they think I’m funny. If they do, it’s because they have taken the time to see life from my perspective. It’s not so much that I’m funny as that I find what is funny in life.
I never thought I had a talent. When my parents would tell people about my siblings and their talents, I would listen until it was my turn. Then they would say, “Esther? Esther enjoys life.” It never sounded like much compared to the talents of others, but I have come to really appreciate it. I think being able to enjoy life is a gift from God! My favorite verse has always been Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good like a medicine but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”