Out of the blue,
she started laughing out loud at her mother
for the very first time
at the grand age of four months old.
It was a laugh that made me
want to laugh with her,
even though no one would ever know
the reason for her laughter.
It was just happened to be the right moment for her.
Maybe it was from a funny look on her mother’s face.
Maybe she been holding it in
for some time and just couldn’t hold it
any longer and had to release the laughter out.
Maybe she was practicing to get the
routine down right for when it
would come in handy.
Our daughter recorded this on her phone
and passed it along so grandma and grandpa
could listen to the laugh and see
the smile on their granddaughter’s face.
Yes, the laugh was contagious,
making me smile in delight and wanting
to see her laugh in person the next time we visit.
Yes, she has the laugh down right.
Duane Anderson currently lives in La Vista, NE. He has had poems published in Fine Lines, Cholla Needles, Tipton Poetry Journal, and several other publications. He is the author of On the Corner of Walk and Don’t Walk, and The Blood Drives: One Pint Down, and Conquer the Mountains.