Monday, May 28, 2012

I Laughed Till I Cried

After two days of activities—a  baccalaureate supper, the baccalaureate service, graduation, and a graduation party for two with about 50 people while my parents, our married son, Daniel, and his family, and our former foreign exchange student were staying in the house—we had frozen pizza for our Saturday night dinner. 
Then, with my granddaughter asleep, we played “Things.” I think I would have trouble describing the fun and laughter around our table—it was one of those times when you had to be there. And even then, although you probably would have joined in the laughter, you might have wondered why you were laughing!

I laughed so hard I cried. 
Our second son (third child) Samuel Kenneth Fleming receiving his college diploma from his grandfather, Kenneth Fleming, Professor Emeritus of Emmaus Bible College.

Samuel, watching the tears stream down my face, said, “I’ve never heard Mom laugh like that!”

Later, as things got sillier, Daniel asked, “Who put something in the water to make my mother like this?” (I can guarantee that no one did.)

It was wonderful to have that much joy and fun! Later that evening when Jim and I were lying on our blow-up queen size mattress in the family room, I got the giggles again just thinking about it.

I can’t guarantee that you’ll end up laughing as hard as we did if you play “Things” after dinner one night, but I think you’ll have fun. So here’s how.

First you need to think of some questions for people to answer. Here are some of the questions we used:

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What is the most daring thing you would ever do?
  • What kind of car would you like to own (money being no object)?
  • If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
  • If you could build a house anywhere in the world, where would you build it?
  • What have you wanted to say to someone, but haven’t had the courage to say? (Don’t say who to.)
  • If you could invent anything, what would you invent?

Everyone needs a small piece of paper with their name on it and a pen. 

One person reads one of the questions and everyone writes their answer. Then they pass the papers to the person who read the question. He reads all the answers and the person to his left gets to guess who said what. As long that person gets them right, he can keep guessing. When he guesses one wrong, the person to his left gets to try. Now she has the same opportunity and it keeps going around until all the questions are correctly guessed.

Pass the papers back to their owners and the person on the left of the first reader reads the next question and you go around again. And so on. We didn’t try to give funny answers, but the comments made in between the answers are what got us going. Along the way, we learned some things about each other.

When we were finished, we read our list of words with dramatic pauses and a few prepositions, definite articles, or pronouns added to help it make a bit of sense. Daniel was definitely the best at reading these, and that added to the merriment.

We had so much fun, I didn’t think of taking a picture of us sitting there for a couple of hours, so you’ll have to make do with the graduation and cookout pictures.

May you laugh well with your family!


  1. Thanks for the great idea!!...sounds like fun!
    karen carder

    1. Samuel says it all depends on the group, but I would imagine any group you are in would have a good time!

  2. Great stuff, Sharon.

    My family does this at the dinner table. We have a little book that asks questions like the ones you listed, and each person gets to answer while we eat. It makes for a memorable dinner--and, like you, we learn a lot about each other, which is important to us as new adoptive parents of a sibling group of three. They learn about us and we learn about them. It's great silliness! And sometimes, it's great seriousness too.

    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Daphne, what a great way to get to know your new kids and for them to get to know you!



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