|Farm couple shares a laugh in 1940|
Got no crop last year
Lived off the fat of the land
Ma says I taste good
On that new kwi-zine
Ma feasted. I fasted. Look:
Now I need new pants
Crop came in this year
We’re living high on the hog
Food’s good. Love’s better.
This old photograph reminds me that laughter's one of strongest medicines on earth. While 1940 wasn't a banner year in history, the farming couple from Connecticut still enjoys a joke, maybe made by the husband as he hoists his pants.
A sense of humor helps maintain my equilibrium as the world churns around me. I suffer from a tendency for catastrophic thinking, but there’s an antidote: a dose of hilarity. Mentors showed me I can improve my perspective whenever I want to, no matter what’s on deck, by celebrating life’s absurdities. I'm thankful for the power of laughter.
See what the photo inspires in others over at the Poetry Jam.
Public Domain Photograph from the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection in the Library of Congress; Jack Delano, photographer.