Laughing – May 20th

I was going to write about something really sad today, but I have plenty of time for that. Today, Tom Sr started laughing about something and his sweet laughter filled our apartment like music. So I thought I should write about that instead.


We were standing in the bathroom and Tom smiled. He looked at me. “Do you remember when you said “taint” in the hospital?”


I smiled back, “sort of”. Tom started laughing and laughing. He wiped tears out of his eyes.


“You were trying to tell someone something, a nurse maybe, and you said that your taint hurt and the nurse didn’t know the word.” He could barely get it all out he was laughing so hard.


I started laughing too, I remembered what he was talking about “Oh yea, it was the doctor who came in on Friday. I told her I was feeling better but that I had some irritation of my taint and she said -what’s that?”


“Heather,” Tom spit “then you said to the doctor “it ‘taint my vagina but it taint my ass” and the doctor died laughing!”


Tom and I were now holding each other up and laughing. I had forgotten that I said that. All the stress and fear in the hospital apparently couldn’t stop me from impressing everyone with my lack of social niceties. But I explained to Tom that I was helping the doctor, because she should know a word like that. Not everyone knows the word perineum.


It made me feel good to laugh again, even for a minute.


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  1. Kitty says:

    I love you for this!

  2. Bluestreak says:

    I am cracking up over here. I love that you said that, and that you shared it with all of your readers.

  3. Emily Moss says:

    This is a great story and truly well written- I was laughing till I had tears in my eyes! I found your blog through Alex F.’s page.
    I’m really proud of you for writing all that you have. You’ve done a terrific job and I’m really enjoying reading your essays.
    My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Emily Moss

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