Tonight after church we decided to play Phase 10 with the kids. We sat down at 8:00, and for the first little bit, we all acted like civilized, sane human beings. But as the evening wore on, we slipped a bit and ended up all laughing, Wes so hard that his face was red and tears were running down his face. If I had been laughing that hard, I would have been snorting! LOL I can't even remember everything we were laughing at. We started out with skit ideas and it went downhill from there!
We get like this every now and then. If we happen to be in public when it happens, we get some odd looks, and occasionally someone will come up to us (usually an older person) and tell us how nice it is to see a family enjoying each other. Now isn't that sad? But it's true - you don't see very many families actually laughing together. Well . . . unless it's a young family with toddlers and they're having a good time with their babies. You rarely see teens laughing with their parents. They may be causing a ruckus with their friends, and you're not quite sure what they're laughing at - you, maybe? But rarely laughing with their parents.
What enables us to laugh with our kids? We like them! All that training you do when they're little pays off. It gives you children that you can still have conversations with and laugh with when they're teenagers. Most people told us that these teen years would be horrible, but so far, I'm glad to say that the Lord has been good and allowed us to have good times with our teens. Yes, folks, train your kids well, spend some time with them, and someday you too will give yourself a headache from laughing too hard while you play Phase 10!